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Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in the city of La Cañada Flintridge, with a Pasadena mailing address, in California, United States.

Founded in the 1930s, JPL is currently owned by NASA and managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for NASA. The laboratory's primary function is the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA's Deep Space Network.

Among the laboratory's major active projects are the Mars 2020 mission, which includes the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity Mars helicopter; the Mars Science Laboratory mission, including the Curiosity rover; the InSight lander (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport); the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; the Juno spacecraft orbiting Jupiter; the SMAP satellite for earth surface soil moisture monitoring; the NuSTAR X-ray telescope; and the forthcoming Psyche comet orbiter. It is also responsible for managing the JPL Small-Body Database, and provides physical data and lists of publications for all known small Solar System bodies.

JPL's Space Flight Operations Facility and Twenty-Five-Foot Space Simulator are designated National Historic Landmarks.

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  • Absolutely amazing place filled with electronics and very happy people! Next Mars lauch in 2020..Everyone who works there has see the movie "The Martian" 10 times! This is a MUST see to put on your.....  more »
  • Fun place to visit! JPL open once a year and we always go there to explore new space technologies. It can easily spend a whole day in there.  more »
  • Went for the open house and wow!! It was amazing. And more amazing to see how many people came out to this event. I mean it was like Disneyland crowded But we got to see some very cool science props. Some very interesting robots and tools that's used in space on different planets. And we also got to see the spaceship that will be going to Mars next year. Ha! We got to see a little bit of the future (kinda). Very cool and educational, especially for children. If you're interesting in going check their site for the next time they have it. It's free
  • Review of weekday tour-There is too much time spent watching the intro video. Someone one going to a JPL tour is already space enthusiast; we all know about the planets. Make the video shorter and focus on JPL. The guides rushed us in and out of each area and did not allow time to take pictures. Spend less time telling cute stories and more time letting people take pictures. Ask tour participants in front to trade with those in back so everyone gets time to take pictures with Mission Control, vehicle assembly, etc behind them. Most of my tour was looking at the back of people's heads.

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