The area alone surrounding NASA/JPL is beautiful and located only a few miles west of Old Pasadena nestled under the beautiful mountains of Southern California. 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. Great opportunity to take a free satellite tour.
The Good News: Three (3) hour tour is totally FREE (including parking) and will take you around the entire campus where you’ll see Mission Control, moon rovers, large model satellites with plenty of incredible, once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. The tour will even accommodate large groups (20 or more) upon request.
The Bad News: Tours are conducted once per week, usually Monday or Wednesday at 1 pm and you need to sign up 3 to 4 months in advance . If you have a keen interest in space exploration and you’re SURE of the date that you will be visiting the Los Angeles area, then this tour is for you.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory ….. referred to as JPL is a joint project of NASA and Cal Tech, the place where very leading-edge satellites have been designed and built. The tour guides are experts in their field who explain complex space subject in easy to understand language. The tour will take you around their facility so you can see their state-of-the-art models up close and personal.
Though the tour will accommodate kids, the tour is really for adults or older children who love satellites and space exploration. The tour involves lots of walking, many stairs and probably will not hold the interest of young children. Click to sign up for tour at NASA.
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