This weekend was the Jet Propulsion Lab’s Open House. It happens one weekend a year, and since I missed last years it was high on my priority list to go this year. It’s a free event so it’s definitely a great cheap way to spend a weekend.
It was a PACKED event. We arrived on Sunday around 11a and had to park in a High School parking lot way down the road. Yeah it was crazy busy. The positive of having so many people there was seeing how many people care about science and all the families that brought their children for a family day out. That made me feel good about society at least.
This is the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. It’s the 1/3-scale model used in tests on the property. The full scale version was launched in Fall 2011 and will be landing on Mars in the summer of 2012, where it will stay for several years.
Is there another Earth out there? In each building courtyard they had tents set-up like this one, with a main topic and several presentations about the topic.
It was so busy, that it was hard to focus on the information. We got to see a 5 minute film on mars showing the simulation of the rover collecting information. It was interesting, but so short and we waited in a long line to see it. This event had a lot of lines.
We decided to just walk around the property and not wait in lines, which meant we didn’t get to see many specific displays but we tried to take in the whole event.
They did have plenty of food options which was nice. We ended up sharing a shrimp quesadilla and chips + guacamole.
After eating and people watching, we were all feeling the heat (it was crazy hot out) and decided to head home. I’m so glad I saw this event, and if I come back next year I’m going to get there as the gates open. It was like a Science Disneyland, complete with the Disney-type lines, so arriving early is a must.