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ISALA Tour of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tour Date: Mon, Nov 7, 2011
RSVP is required. JPL Does Not Permit Walk-ins.
JPL in Pasadena, which Caltech manages for NASA, is world-renowned for its robotic exploration of space. More than half a century ago, JPL designed and built Explorer 1, the first American satellite and the first spacecraft ever to return scientific data from space. Since then, JPL has sent robotic spacecraft to explore the far reaches of the solar system, and used powerful telescopes in space to observe distant stars, galaxies and other celestial objects. Current missions include the rovers on Mars, the twin Voyager spacecraft approaching the edge of our solar system, the Dawn spacecraft, which recently entered orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta, and the Juno spacecraft, launched August 5 and en route to Jupiter. JPL tours often include a brief historical movie, a stop in Mission Control, where engineers "talk to" numerous NASA spacecraft via NASA's Deep Space Network of antennas, as well as the Spacecraft Assembly Facility--a large clean room where spacecraft are built--and the Von Karman Visitors' Center, with numerous spacecraft models and exhibits. JPL's workforce includes about 5,000 engineers, scientists and other employees, and features internship programs.
Special Info for Nov 7 Tour Attendees
1. Also, please read the rules from JPL at the end of this page.
2. Only those whose names are listed on the official roster will be permitted by JPL on the tour. If you have not received a confirmation email or would like to confirm if you are on the roster, please contact the RSVP link below.
3. JPL requires that all those 18 years and older must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a valid drivers license, passport or green card. JPL does not allow walk-ins or substituting for people who don't show up. If you are not sure if you or someone in your party are listed, please contact the RSPV link below.
4. Accommodations have been requested for wheelchair access. If you require any other special considerations, please contact the RSVP link below.
Date: Monday, Nov 7, 2011
Arrival Time: 1:00 PM
End of Tour: 3:30 PM
JPL REQUIRES RSVP PRIOR TO TOUR DATE at
(Note: If unable to attend this tour, ask to be put on the waiting list for the next tour.)
Directions and Meeting Place:
Meet in the JPL Store or outside near the Visitor Reception Building.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Directions to JPL
Pasadena area near JPL
Note: Refer to JPL directions and not depend on Mapquest, GPS, etc.
As you approach JPL, you will go through a guard checkpoint, and they should ask the guard where to park for a group tour. Once you park, there is only one building we are allowed to go to before the tour -- Visitor Control Center, which is directly across from the parking lot. That's where people assemble for the tours.
The following rules have been provided by JPL. We are required to observe them during the tour:
* All US citizens 18 years of age and older visiting JPL MUST present official, government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, before being allowed entry.
* Anyone not on our approved roster will not be allowed on to the facility. *Note: Substituting roster names the day of the tour is not allowed*
* All non-US citizens (Foreign Nationals) 18 years of age or older MUST present either a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without the appropriate identification will NOT be admitted to the facility.
* The tour includes considerable walking and stair climbing. Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Wheelchairs can be accommodated with prior notice. Cameras are allowed on the tour. *Note: All tours are conducted in English*
* To control the traffic flow in our visitor reception center, upon arrival, please send only one representative into the visitor reception building to notify us of your arrival. Please try to limit and/or control your guests' access to the JPL Store and restrooms.
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Updated Oct 11, 2011
March 15 2017