When the economy in America went south, government funding was, at best, slashed to agencies and contractors like NASA and JPL. The after effect was, that many public events, like tours and the annual open house at JPL, could no longer be sustained on their limited budgets, and were cancelled. This year, with the economy improving and funding partially restored, we see the return of the JPL / NASA annual open house in Pasadena, CA.

Some of JPL is probably best known for some of its amazing projects which in the past has included the Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Dawn mission to the dwarf planet Ceres and to the asteroid Vesta, the Juno spacecraft to the planet Jupiter, and the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to the Moon.

Arriving at JPL, the club members began strolling through grounds and visiting the many exhibits where we saw the many spacecraft and projects on display. Once again, the staff were very knowledgeable and took pride in their projects. Not every day you get to converse with bonafide rocket scientists.

After a few hours of exploring the JPL grounds, the club members headed off to caravan to a local restaurant for lunch together, ending yet another great event.

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