The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in the City of La Cañada Flintridge, California, United States.Make Jet Propulsion Laboratory a centerpiece of your Pasadena vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Pasadena day trip planning website.
Founded in the 1930s by Caltech researchers, JPL is owned by NASA and managed by the nearby California Institute of Technology (Caltech). 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 the NASA 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 asteroid 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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We toured after snagging tickets online when they became available. It is a free tour, but you must secure your tickets as soon as they become available. They will be gone right away. Our tour guides.... more
We toured after snagging tickets online when they became available. It is a free tour, but you must secure your tickets as soon as they become available. They will be gone right away. Our tour guides.... more »
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
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 »
I’ve had the pleasure to visit JPL a few times over the years. It’s amazing that such engineering feats and scientific discoveries have been made so close to home. As an outsider to engineering and tech, this campus goes out of its way to welcome guests and employees alike with captivating exhibits and thorough, easy to read signage and explanations. The employees are thoughtful and interesting characters to say the least…if you know one, try having them host you for a private tour. I need to come back for one of their regularly hosted outreach talks and other public events. As they say in the space community, Ad Astra!
Absolutely out of this world experience! Seeing the Space Flight Operations Facility in person is an absolute MUST for any space enthusiast. Seeing the Spacecraft Assembly Facility in full action with the next generation of orbiters is incredible.
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