It's hard to believe that one can have an out-of-this-world experience in suburban La Cañada Flintridge. But that is exactly what happened to the thousands of people who attended this weekend's open house event at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The free event, which featured 26 exhibits ranging from video presentations, visits to mission control and interactive exhibits of past, current and future space missions hosted by the scientists themselves, drew about 14,500 space fans on Saturday and about 10,000 on Sunday, said Kimberly Lievense, JPL's manager of public services.
"It has been a continuous flow," Lievense said, as crowds streamed through the entry gates behind her into the laboratory's foothill campus. "It is our one opportunity of the year to allow the public to come and see what we are doing, the missions that JPL works on."