Yesterday we went and caught up with friend of ours, Jill and Bill. Jill and I worked in the same domain at NASA a few years back. Jill still does work for them and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Here are some pics of the things we saw:
BELOW: The entrance to the JPL at La Canada (foothills near Los Angeles):
BELOW: While we were there we got some dehydrated astronaut food, this one was Ice Cream. Tastes pretty good too:
BELOW: A rock sample from the surface of the moon:
BELOW: This record has been sent up in a space craft in case other intelligent life gets it and plays it. It has music, images and other stuff on it (suppose they need a record player :-) :
BELOW: A pic of the MERs. This facility built and tested the Rovers:
BELOW: Rover test bed or "Sand Box":
BELOW: The uplink and downlink IT system for JPL:
BELOW: the lid of the Mars Science Lab Rover:
BELOW: The real thing...MSL Rover under construction and in testing:
BELOW: In the observation room of the MSL Rover Assembly Facility:
BELOW: More MSL Rover components:
BELOW: This is the entry to the big dark Control Room:
BELOW: Inside the Space Flight Operations Facility. Here the staff monitor all equipment that is out in space at the moment. There are several things out there now in deep space.
BELOW: The life size model of the Mars Science Lab Rover:
BELOW: We all had to have pre-approval to enter the facility, all organised by my friend, Jill (thanks Jill & Bill for a great day):
FURTHER DETAIL ON THE MARS SCIENCE LAB ROVER:
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