Jet Propulsion Lab

If you’re visiting or living in South Pasadena, don’t miss out on visiting the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Managed by the California Institute of Technology since the 1930s, the JPL is a research and development facility for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1958, JPL launched the United States’ first satellite, the Explorer 1, into space. Later, the JPL would launch Voyagers 1 and 2 on future space missions. Since July 1, 2016, Michael M. Watkins is the current director of this NASA field center.

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The research and development conducted at the JPL supports exploration and research into astronomy, our planet’s atmosphere, and the climate of the Earth. This research broadens our understanding of the ocean and the terrain in which we live. Simultaneously, the technology advanced at the JPL furthers advances in medicine and industry. To learn more, check out the JPL Fact Sheet.

Every year, the JPL features its special event A Ticket to Explore JPL. If you’re interested, mark your calendars for the event, which is taking place from May 20 to May 21 this year. Tickets become available in mid-March. Keep in mind that ticket times are staggered, so the event will not become congested.

The Von Karman Lectures are offered twice a month on a regular basis. Seating at the lectures is limited, but the lectures are free to the public and parking is available for free as well. Lectures typically take place on Thursdays at the Theodore von Karman Auditorium (named after the JPLs original founder) and on Fridays at the Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College. You can check the events calendar for upcoming lectures.

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Another way to visit the JPL is to take a tour of the facility. Free tours can be reserved to explore the Von Karman Visitor Center, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, and the Space Flight Operations Facility. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the Presentation Journey to the Planets and Beyond at the beginning of a tour. Keep in mind that the tours include walking portions and stairs, and that there is wheelchair access available.

South Pasadena is a city of approximately 25,000 people between Pasadena and Los Angeles in the West San Gabriel Valley.

Other historic places to visit in South Pasadena include:

-All-America Rose Selections’ test gardens

-Rose Tournament House

-South Pasadena Farmers Market

-Cawston Ostrich Farm

-Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

-Rialto Theater

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