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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Address: 4800 Oak Grove Dr, Pasadena, CA 91109-8001
Phone Number: 818-354-4321

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I you are interested in the space program, this place is for you. It is the place where numerous NASA space vehicles have been designed and built, including the Mars rovers. If... read more

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I you are interested in the space program, this place is for you. It is the place where numerous NASA space vehicles have been designed and built, including the Mars rovers. If you want to visit, they only accept outsiders once a week, and you have to reserve your visit on their website weeks in advance. Once accepted, you will... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This morning I took a DayTripper bus load to of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at CalTech in the La Cañada Flintridge area near Pasadena, CA. They call the tour “a journey of discovery” and it truly is because we were able to get an inside look at current space exploration activities on a 2½-hour walking tour of the facility.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has so many missions going on, most notably the Mars2020 rover. It is home of the Deep Space Network (DSN) so it is considered the "center of the universe" because anything and everything man-made in space communicates with Earth via the DSN. There are also many Earth-observing satellites being designed and built here. Currently, JPL... More 

Thank Cat L
South East England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant 2+ hour tour of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab at Pasadena. Chance to see behind the scenes in their clean labs where the rockets are made and visit the launch control room. Tour guides really knowledgeable and no need to swot up on your physics before you go - they never make you feel stupid. A hidden gem and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

I participated in a tour of JPL recently as a member of our business team. The relevance of the JPL team efforts were clearly understood by our team. The profound impact was evident in our debriefing that occurred the following week. Whether a family or a business outing, there is profound impact to be realized in debriefing the experience subsequent... More 

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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We, a nerdy family of four with 12- and 14-year-old children, all loved the JPL tour. It was really so much more interesting and entertaining than I expected. The tour guides were great and there were a number of exhibits that were very well designed for visitors. If you have any interest in space exploration, and are old enough to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

They offer tours throughout the year on Mondays and Wednesdays. You just have to book them months in advance. I booked our tour for August in March. The tours fill up fast so as soon as they open the spots book them! The tour is amazing. After driving through security you will park and walk into the visitor center. Here... More 

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Anaheim, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

This review is for the JPL Open House that was held June 4-5, 2016 On Saturday, I remembered someone posted the JPL information on Facebook. I check out the Eventbrite site, and there were still 50+ tickets available, so I selected the 11:30 slot on Sunday. The tickets are free, but you need to get your tickets online before going... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

If you love anything to do with the space program, the JPL tour is for you. Fun family outing, but wear walking shoes and be prepared for stairs. Beautiful setting tucked up against the San Gabriel Mountains.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

See where the fleet of probes that explore our solar system are assembled and managed. You can see the Mission Control where all of the probes are controlled: whether it is the Juno probe exploring Jupiter or watching data being received from the still functioning Voyager 1 you will find them all here. Of course I can't forget there is... More 

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