Back in July I told you to “Save the Date” for the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory annual Open House. It’s time – this FREE annual event takes place this weekend!!!

On Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11, 2015, visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights will include a life-size model of the Curiosity Mars rover; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.


Be prepared, this event does get packed. It’s not unusual for up to 20,000 people per day to visit JPL during the Open House. Even with the crowds, visitors have great experiences, but be patient. Here are JPL suggestions to get the most out of your day:

  • Be sure to arrive early and be patient as there is only one entrance into JPL including a possible security check of your vehicle. Also, please note where you park.
  • Use your smartphone or tablet to try out JPL’s Open House web app to navigate the Lab. It provides real-time information on wait times at various sites, as well as directions to restrooms, food concessions, and other amenities.
  • The longest lines are usually at the Spacecraft Assembly Facility — the cleanrooms where we build spacecraft — and the Space Flight Operations Facility, where we communicate with all our missions. Keep this in mind if you want to include these sites in your visit.
  • Five movies will be shown throughout the day. The lines at these screenings can be shorter than other lines, and the movies offer a way to get off your feet in a cool place for a half hour while learning more about JPL missions.
  • Activities for young children are marked in the site listings. Do keep in mind that most experiences at JPL’s Open House are not intended for the very young.
  • Need help? Look for JPLers in bright red JPL-Caltech shirts with name tags. Information booths are also located around the Lab, as shown on the map.
  • Remember as you plan your visit that Open House ends at 4 p.m.

Vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors cannot bring these items into NASA/JPL: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, all types of skates including skateboards, Segways and bicycles. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, except small purses and diaper bags. Drones are not allowed to fly over NASA/JPL under any circumstances.

JPL recommends arriving before 8:30 am to assure you get good parking. Also, be prepared for the heat. They will have water for sale but you may want to bring some from home.

  • When: Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: JPL, click here for directions
  • Cost: FREE – No tickets or reservations required.

Follow @NASAJPL on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #JPLOpen. You can post photos and videos on the Facebook Open House event page at: JPL Open House Facebook page

Click here to Download the 2015 Open House Map Guide


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