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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Museums, Science Museums, Tours and Excursions
At the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, scientists are taking Americans and the world into outer space. The JPL is part of California Institute of Technology (also known as Cal Tech), which was founded... Read More
At the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, scientists are taking Americans and the world into outer space. The JPL is part of California Institute of Technology (also known as Cal Tech), which was founded here in Pasadena in 1891. The JPL began studying rockets and the idea of space exploration in the 1930s and began collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shortly after that federal government division was founded in 1958. Today, NASA and the JPL have taken America to Mars and beyond; and with a program designed to encourage young people to understand and embrace scientific advancements, they offer free tours of their museum as well as of the von Karman Visitor Center, the Space Flight Operations Facility and the Spacecraft Assembly Facility. Larger groups can book tours, or you can visit on Monday or Wednesday as part of the public tour offerings.
- Pasadena's Best Attractions: "Check the JPL website for the exact day and time of available tours, as they vary week to week. Book the Visitor Day Tour at least three weeks ahead of time."
- Best for Pasadena's Best Attractions Because: The best and the brightest of America's space program are working at JPL, a place where adults and kids alike can be inspired and enlightened.