As stated in the first part, I went to the JPL open house this past weekend. I have a few more photos to share from the amazing experience and the testing facility that replicates space! First, some more photos form just “around” campus.
Then, there was the 25ft Space Simulator building.
This building houses an enclosed area to recreate “space conditions” for testing equipment. The room is able to suck out all the oxygen/gasses in the air (as space has no real atmosphere) and then they can simulate the extreme temperature conditions, while testing all the electronic equipment. If the equipment passes, it can shuttle (har har) its way to the Kennedy Space Center! However, my guide informed me that about 70% of equipment does not pass due to the fact that JPL engineers like to push the limits.
Another really cool thing about this building is that it is almost 50 years old and they still use the same displays to get readings – with modern computers behind them. Super cool and a few of these pictures are my desktop backgrounds!
And for my last two images of my time at JPL I leave you with what it looked like to look up into the mirror and the United States flag hanging in the bay.