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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Address: 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone Number: 818-354-4321
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JPL Open House, amazing but prepare for the long lines!

Excitement of space exploration and renewed interest in the science of space. Take a private tour,no line!

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
San Fernando Valley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Excitement of space exploration and renewed interest in the science of space. Take a private tour,no line!

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East Coast
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Please not that this is a review of the open house in October 2015. First, the 5 star points. I have no doubt JPL is an amazing place--they are doing incredible work, whether it be deep space telemetry, solar system exploration or earthbound science. From engineering to AI, robotics to exobiology, JPL is at the forefront of incredible discoveries about... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

JPL is an amazing place, but it was just not setup to handle the over 30,000 that showed up for open house. Lines backed up to the highway by 8:30am, due to overcrowding they closed the gates at 10:30 but it took a long time for signs to go up, so people kept coming and getting turned around. 5 of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I want to preface this by saying the work that JPL does is a great thing and having an annual FREE open house is a very nice gesture. We arrived at 7:45AM and the lines were long JUST to get in . we got into a few of the more popular exhibits before the lines got ridiculously long. next year... More 

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Burbank, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Our first and probably the last time coming to JPL Open House..... We have been checking the updates on their Facebook event page. They suggested to arrive no later than 9am, maybe 8:30am before they open. we got off Fwy210 (Arroyo) at 8am, continued to follow the GPS. Guess what? Big sign flashing "No Access to JPL. Parking Lot Closed".... More 

1 Thank ilovefoodcoma
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I'm not a space junkie--though my husband is--but even I found the tour fascinating. There's a lot to learn about the Mars Rover and other expeditions and scientific exploits in our solar system. We went as a couple, but I can imagine children would enjoy this as well. I actually found it more engaging than the Air and Space Museum... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit when they have their yearly Open House, usually in October. I'm not into technical things (understatement!), yet I still enjoy touring the premises, looking at all the displays and educational clips, and chatting with the employees...they're usually more than willing to break things down to a pre-K level for me...as I said, I'm... More 

1 Thank GermaicanSpice
Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

JPL is a NASA site, but it is unique, in that it is run by Cal Tech. Originally it was Von Karmann and his students setting off rockets in the Arroyo, and it progressed from there to what it is today. If it is at all possible to get on a tour, it is well worth your effort. You can... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Home of many of Nasa's non-manned missions, from voyager to Mars Rover to Galileo. They invite the general public to visit on Public Open House Day. Each year. They also have a weekly visitor day (Monday or Wednesday) on which they give a facility tour (usually at 1 pm). You need to go to thei JPL website, and scroll to... More 

2 Thank etweeden
Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This is the coolest, most interesting place in Southern California. The science and space exploration being developed at JPL is world class. This place is the jewel in the crown of the San Gabriel Valley. Next open house---don't miss it, or sign up online for a tour!

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