JPL Tour (FREE)

 

 

The list is now complete.  Thanks to all who responded to my emails.  This will be a very rewarding event.

What better way to start your Independence Day celebrations than with a tour of JPL, the folks who can put Mini Cooper-sized rovers on Mars! 

A tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus has been reserved for members of the Our Cosmos group on Wednesday, July 3rd, from 1-3:30 p.m.

All tours commonly include a multimedia presentation on JPL entitled "Journey to the Planets and Beyond," which provides an overview of the Laboratory's activities and accomplishments. Guests may also visit the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility, and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility.  Learn all about how the Mars Rover Curiosity was built. 

THE FOLLOWING IS IMPORTANT --  JPL requires that:

--All U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, must present official, government issued photo identification (driver's license or passport) before being allowed entry.

--All non-U.S. Citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry.

--Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the Laboratory.

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I want this to be an enjoyable day for everyone so please dress comfortably with good walking shoes.  This is a walking tour and involves a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing.  Don't forget to dress for the weather as the tour will proceed rain or shine!  Cameras are permitted on the facility.

A finalized roster of attendees will need to be submitted online 3 weeks prior to the date of the tour. Any guest not on the finalized roster will not be allowed entry.

» » » Visitor parking is available free of charge.  Carpooling is advised.  « « «

 

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP OF JPL .  Best to print it out.

For complete map and directions, click HERE.

The tour and parking are free.  There are NO restaurant facilities open to the public.  An optional lunch before the tour will be posted at a later date.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  For security purposes,  I will need a complete roster of those attending one month in advance.  For what you will need on the day of the visit, please see above.  The minimum required # of visitors is 20.  If we do not get 20 RSVPs by June 2nd, the tour will be canceled.

 

CARPOOLING:  For those who need a ride, please list your location in the comment section below.  For those who would like to volunteer to drive, please list your location and how many people you can take.  Carpooling is advised and a lot more fun, especially if we stop for lunch before the tour.

Pre-tour lunch (Optional): Lunch will be at DISH restaurant in La Canada Flintridge.   We will be meeting at the restaurant at 11:30 a.m.. Please let Stuart know that you will be coming so he can make the arrangements.  His phone number is in the email sent to all attendees.

>>>TO VIEW INFORMATION ABOUT DISH RESTAURANT CLICK HERE<<<

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  • ~Patricia~

    Thank you, Robert. Those pictures make me want to go again!

    July 22, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    What fantastic photos of the JPL Tour. It looks like they changed a few things since I was there last year. My sincerest thanks to San and Kristin for your thoughtful gestures. Now we can see what you saw on your tour and also those who went with you. You rock!

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Kristin K.

    Was fun and informative.

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great experience. Thanks to everyone who made it such a wonderful day.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you!

    July 4, 2013

  • pam f.

    Had the best time! Ron sharing stories at lunch was a special treat. Stuart was a great Cosmos host. Thank you Patricia again for organizing this event!!

    July 4, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    great trip. fun fellow travelers. thanks.

    July 3, 2013

  • Brian

    Thanks so much Patricia for organizing this event. I also want to extend a thanks to Marc at JPL who was our main tour guide. This was even better than JPL's Open House events in that there were no lines or crowds, and we were able to get a lot of great behind the scenes explanations and insights that we aren't able to get at the OH's.

    July 3, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    I'm so glad that everyone had a good time. I want to extend a sincere thank you to Stuart. Without him, I would have had to cancel the tour. But he made it all possible and Ron Buning is a jewel. He loves JPL and you can tell. Have a great Fourth and see you soon.

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • dorie

    I had a most wonderful time. It was so great meeting everyone. Feel like an astronaut after learning so much on the tour. Thanks Stu for hosting the event.

    July 3, 2013

  • San

    It was great getting a behind the scenes look at some of the JPL facilities without the Open House crowds ! We had a very knowledgeable person from JPL PR dept. take us around. I apologize for not recalling his name.

    July 3, 2013

  • jane

    well done

    July 3, 2013

  • susanvl

    Excellent

    July 3, 2013

  • Stu

    It's a great tour. Thanks to Patricia and our hero of the day Ron Buning.

    July 3, 2013

  • Brian

    Ok, I'm ready for someone to come and pick me up! All ready to go. Yup. I'll just be here at my house. In South O.C. Anyone. ... Hello?? Is this thing on?

    July 3, 2013

  • Stu

    Our table at Dish will be in the front by the bar - 734 Foothill Blvd - 11:30.

    July 3, 2013

  • Kevin

    I want to verify who wants to car pool from OC. My offer still stands to use my minivan leaving from the Laguna Hills Mall, Tustin Market Place, or somewhere convenient. Lunch at the Dish sounds good, but I'm open either way. I can also ride with someone else, too.

    July 1, 2013

    • Kevin

      Hope you get well soon...

      July 2, 2013

    • Kevin

      Brian. Sounds good. Where do you live?

      July 2, 2013

  • James

    Hi Stu & Patricia, my plans have been changed -- I'll be working on Wednesday & unfortunately not be able to make the JPL tour. Thanks for the opportunity Patricia & Stu!

    July 1, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    Hello Fellow Cosmosians of SoCal and Beyond! The plans for the lunch and tour are beginning to take shape thanks to your hosts Stuart and Ron, our JPL member and outreach specialist. It's going to be a fantastic day. Wish I could be there. We don't know when there will be another Open House for the general public so this is a very special occasion. Just a quickie reminder - if you're sharing a ride, please chip in for gas. We want everyone to have a memorable day exploring JPL and meeting fellow OCMU members. Please also remember to bring your driver's license and passports to JPL. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the Laboratory. And also people who are not on the approved list will not be able to take the tour. Have a great day!

    July 1, 2013

  • Lynne

    My mother who is 86, takes care of dogs for me when I'm gone long hours has become very ill with a bad cold. Unfortunately I have no backup. Please allow someone else on the waitlist to attend.

    July 1, 2013

    • Stu

      As we have announced repeatedly, JPL will not allow substitutes.

      July 1, 2013

    • ~Patricia~

      The RSVP list was frozen 4 weeks ago. There can be no substitutes at this late date. Sorry to hear about your Mother.

      July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so glad that you guys can take an afternoon off to come up and visit us at JPL. As part of the sequestration cuts, we have had to cancel our annual Open House which is a huge draw for space fans netting about 40,000 visitors last year. I was able to secure some of the last parking available for Patricia's "Open House" Meetup Group and it is an honor and a pleasure to share "your" lab with you. I'll be joining you on the tour and will help answer any questions you may have.

    See you all on Wednesday...

    Ron

    [.} Ronald E. Buning
    NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Pasadena, CA 91109 - USA
    Email: [masked]
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov

    July 1, 2013

    • susanvl

      Thank you, Ron. Looking forward to Wed!

      July 1, 2013

    • ~Patricia~

      Ron, you are a true gem. I can't thank you enough for your hospitality. I wish I could be there with you and the gang. T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U!!!! You and Stuart make a dynamic duo.

      July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    tour only:)

    July 1, 2013

    • Stu

      Thanks, see you there.

      July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stu and Patricia, thank you for hosting and organizing this event. Unfortunately have to back out due to work conflicts. Pls accept my apologize.

    June 30, 2013

  • jane

    hi, i must have missed an email. what time is the dish scheduled for?

    June 30, 2013

    • Stu

      11:30 AM

      June 30, 2013

  • pam f.

    See u at the Dish...tour will be awesome, thanks again Patricia!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • dorie

    If I am that person .... thank you for arranging the event for us because I heard that open house (in June may be cancelled). I was trying to impress the point how Lucky we are.....sorry if others became confused

    June 18, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    Stuart MacGuire will be your Event Host. He's a gracious host and all around super guy.

    June 18, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    The confusion lies in that one person is talking about the annual Open House that is held every June. That was canceled for 2013 because of budge cutbacks. The group tour that you will be doing is on JULY 3rd - Wednesday. A weekday. Not the Fourth of July. The group tours are limited in size which is why I needed to send a list to JPL several weeks in advance. They will have parking permits for you when you park in their lot on campus. I hope that that clarifies the difference between the two tours. You can view the general map by clicking on this link: http://space.about.com/library/graphics/jplmap.jpg and you can also get more information by clicking on this link: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/about_JPL/maps.php

    Please remember that if you need to change your 'yes' to a 'no', please let me know at your earliest convenience and in consideration of others. If you wish to get together for a pre-tour lunch, please comment in this section here.

    June 5, 2013

    • Lynne

      Sounds divine!

      June 15, 2013

    • wendy

      that sounds fun

      June 17, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    Roscoes was a once in a lifetime experience
    So someplace healthier please

    June 15, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    If you want to carpool to JPL, please list your location and the # of passengers you can take if you're driving OR your location if you need a ride. You can meet at a Park and Ride parking lot or a shopping mall to make things easy and convenient. It doesn't need to be at your house. :-)

    June 5, 2013

    • wendy

      I'm still up for meeting at Laguna Hills mall, if that's still happening, to try and catch a ride from there.

      June 14, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    might be worth a call and a prixe fixe...
    I don't do fried/fast food....
    a little more for health and taste....

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on the 91 and imperial if anyone needs a ride.

    June 6, 2013

  • jane

    hi, torrance near the 110 freeway anyone? jane

    June 6, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    maybe i am the only one lost. was this trip cancelled or not?

    June 5, 2013

    • ~Patricia~

      No. It will be on JULY 3.

      June 5, 2013

    • Lynne

      Oh, I thought it was cancelled! That's great. Jonathan I'd still like to carpool with you please.

      June 5, 2013

  • Lynne

    What a shame there won't be an Open House. Thanks Patricia for your work on putting this together.

    2 · June 4, 2013

    • ~Patricia~

      I'm glad that you and everyone here will be able to tour JPL. It is a fantastic campus and the people you will meet there are outstanding.

      June 4, 2013

    • susanvl

      So looking forward to it! Thank you so much, Patricia.

      June 5, 2013

  • dorie

    Thank our lucky stars For Patricia. Is it true the general JPL open house may be cancelled for lack of funding? It was going around at the uc irvine lecture

    June 3, 2013

    • ~Patricia~

      No Open House this year. Perhaps 2014 will be a better year.

      June 3, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    i'm in lagun beach and would love to ride-share

    1 · May 6, 2013

    • Kevin

      I live in Laguna Niguel and have a minivan that we can use or I can rid with someone else.. In the past, we have all met up @ the Tustin Market Place and carpooled from there, but Lynne's sugestion could also work, and we could pick up Shana on the way up...

      1 · May 31, 2013

    • wendy

      I'd like to catch a ride too. I live in North County San Diego, but meeting in Laguna Hills Mall would work for me.

      May 31, 2013

  • Kevin

    Patricia, let me know if you end up with any opening after you finish with the waiting list. I hace a friend that would like to come. They have US ID.

    May 28, 2013

  • Jonathan L.

    i would love to carpool and do a lunch in passadena. anyone else planning yet?

    May 28, 2013

  • Kristin K.

    It will just be myself and a guest not two.

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • ~Patricia~

      Hi Kristin. Got your msg. Thanks for the headsup!

      May 28, 2013

  • Daniel F.

    Exciting!

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    would really like to go. let me know if i'm selected off the waiting list. =)

    May 13, 2013

  • Kevin

    I'm in Laguna Niguel and have my minivan available, or I can ride with someone else...

    May 7, 2013

  • ~Patricia~

    If anyone wishes to share their ride with others OR if you need a ride, please put your location below. People from all over SoCal have expressed an interest in going on the 3rd. It's a great way to meet other people but please remember to help pay your driver's expenses.

    Thanks!

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cant wait!

    March 5, 2013

  • susanvl

    Great!

    January 22, 2013

  • Daniel F.

    Exciting!

    January 22, 2013

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