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The Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California, on May 20th, 2006. A full-scale mock-up of the Galileo space probe...which studied Jupiter from 1995 to 2003. A full-scale mock-up of the Galileo space probe...which studied Jupiter from 1995 to 2003. A model of the Stardust spacecraft...which returned comet samples back to Earth in January of 2006. On display is an aerogel sample...the substance that was used by Stardust to capture and store comet samples for return back to Earth in January of 2006.

A mock-up of the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004. A mock-up of the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004. A mock-up of the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004. A model of the Deep Impact spacecraft, which crashed a projectile into a comet in July of 2005. A model of the Deep Impact spacecraft, which crashed a projectile into a comet in July of 2005.

A model of the Dawn spacecraft, which will be launched in 2007 to study asteroids Vesta and Ceres. A model of the Dawn spacecraft, which will be launched in 2007 to study asteroids Vesta and Ceres. A model of the Dawn spacecraft, which will be launched in 2007 to study asteroids Vesta and Ceres. A mock-up of the ion engine that will propel Dawn to Vesta and Ceres. The Spitzer Space Telescope...formerly called the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, or SIRTF.

A model of the Sojourner rover...which was deployed at Mars by the Pathfinder spacecraft in July of 1997. A model of the Sojourner rover...which was deployed at Mars by the Pathfinder spacecraft in July of 1997. A model of the Sojourner rover...which was deployed at Mars by the Pathfinder spacecraft in July of 1997. A model of the Sojourner rover...which was deployed at Mars by the Pathfinder spacecraft in July of 1997. A model of the Pathfinder lander, which deployed the Sojourner rover onto the Martian surface in July of 1997.

A model of the Mars Exploration Rover.  Two MERs, Spirit and Opportunity, landed on Mars in January of 2004 and have been exploring the Red Planet ever since. A model of the Mars Exploration Rover.  Two MERs, Spirit and Opportunity, landed on Mars in January of 2004 and have been exploring the Red Planet ever since. A model of the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, which has been orbiting the Red Planet since September of 1997. The model of a Viking lander, which touched down on Mars in 1976. A model of the Ulysses spacecraft, which was launched in 1990 and has been monitoring the Sun since 1994.

The test version of a Mars Exploration Rover being displayed before the public. The test version of a Mars Exploration Rover being displayed before the public. The test version of a Mars Exploration Rover being displayed before the public. Two technicians at work within the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.  Behind them is a mannequin dressed in a blue clean suit. Two technicians at work within the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.  Behind them is a mannequin dressed in a blue clean suit.

Two technicians at work within the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.  Behind them is a mannequin dressed in a blue clean suit. Being tested by the two technicians is a robot arm that will be flown on the Mars Phoenix Lander...to be launched in 2007. Being tested by the two technicians is a robot arm that will be flown on the Mars Phoenix Lander...to be launched in 2007. Being tested by the two technicians is a robot arm that will be flown on the Mars Phoenix Lander...to be launched in 2007. Lying next to its test version is the actual robot arm that will be flown on 2007's Mars Phoenix Lander.

The Space Flight Operations Facility...where JPL communicates with all of its deep-space interplanetary spacecraft. From a viewing gallery overlooking the Space Flight Operations Facility's Mission Control, visitors watch flight controllers at work. From a viewing gallery overlooking the Space Flight Operations Facility's Mission Control, visitors watch flight controllers at work. Within Mission Control at the Space Flight Operations Facility, flight controllers go about their business. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with the San Gabriel Mountains behind it.

RELATED LINKS:

May 2007 JPL OPEN HOUSE section
May 2009 JPL OPEN HOUSE section
May 2010 JPL OPEN HOUSE section
May 2011 JPL OPEN HOUSE section
June 2012 JPL OPEN HOUSE section
June 2011 JPL TWEETUP section
September 2014 JPL TOUR section
December 2014 ORION SOCIAL - JPL section
March 2016 MT. WILSON OBSERVATORY section
May 2016 NASA SOCIAL - ARMSTRONG section
Aug. - Sep. 2016 FALCON 9 AT SPACEX section
January 2017 VISITING GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY section
The HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT Blog





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