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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ranked #5 of 52 things to do in Pasadena
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Public tour just perfect. The guide was so well informed and made it both easy and interesting. If you have the time this is a must but reservations need to made months in advance. See it all from the control rooms for the rocket shots to satellites and the assembly building, a museum and more. This is a premier center for NASA and the quality of the presentation and the information was exceptional. Do not miss.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

As others have said this is great insight into space exploration and anyone with the slightest interest should make the effort. The tour presents a brief history of JPL's role in space exploration and includes visits to the Vehicle Assembly Building and Mission Control (or Geek central as our guide suggested). The tour is suitable for all ages and our guide Brian was a great communicator who showed real passion for the work of JPL.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

I joined the ~2hr public tour, which needed reservation well in advance. This site is a 'must-go' if you are interested in space exploration. While some of the exhibit displays look like a museum (they all looked stunning, btw), this place is where research and building of space robotics actually happened. When they took us to the giant cleanroom where they are building Mars 2020 spacecraft and landing vehicle, we were witnessing significant history! The tour guides spoke very well and were able to communicate effectively with diverse audience. And it is all free. Well worth the visit!

Plenty of walking from building to building. So wear comfortable footware.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Albert L
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Always worth taking a tour of this place. It has lots of history and lots of things to look at. If your a space buff definitely worth a trip.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Few things were cooler to me then starting the tour in a room full of reproductions space probes. Is there something wrong with me that I get excited to see the famous golden record Carl Sagan compiled as a message to alien life on the side of a Voyager 1 scale model? My mind says "Calm down, dude. It's a model", but my heart says "Hells yes! This is what America needs to be doing. Making mixtapes for aliens". Even as a 44 year old, the interest I had as a young boy for the work NASA does hasn't waned. If I had my way this country would put most of its budget into space exploration because #1) It's awesome, and #2) There are few things more worthy our time IMHO. If you think so too this tour is for you.

Be aware that this is a tour of a working facility, so there isn't a lot of hands on activities or touristy diversions. Think of it more like visiting your friends very interesting workplace at a fairly steady clip. This is a fairly in-demand tour, so you need to make reservations months in advance and when you get there it goes by pretty fast. In addition to seeing a lot of reproductions of space probes and the like you get a behind the scenes look at mission control and where our space exploration vehicles are built. Silicon Valley nerds have nothing on these folks. These brilliant men and women are digging into the soil of other planets in a search for alien life, building machines to move asteroids and dance through the rings of Saturn, exploring deep space, interstellar space, and bringing us answers to the secrets of the universe. It will always be a mystery to me why America doesn't fund this program far, far more than it does, but it's damn near miraculous what NASA/JPL is manages to do with what little it has. This tour will show you a small slice of that and remind you that Americans, despite our petty politics and narcissistic preoccupations, are still capable of doing great things when we're willing to invest our tax dollars into it.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Jason H
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