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ISDC Tours

Please come to ISDC 2014 early (i.e. reserve your rooms so that you will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, May 14th, 2014) in order to take advantage of one of our fabulous tours while you are here in Los Angeles.

When registering for the ISDC 2014 Tours, please remember:

  • All tours will take place on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, so plan on arriving a day early if you plan to tour.
  • All tours run "simultaneously," so you will only be able to select ONLY ONE Tour Package from below to attend.
  • Please pay attention to the start time of your tour. Some of the tours have different start times.
  • Please pay strict attention to any age and/or U.S. Citizen only requirements.
  • Please note that all of the tours require you to be able to walk. Please contact us before you register if you have any concerns.
  • Registration for the tour is available now!
  • Bus transportation is included with ALL of the tours.  
  • Plan on meeting a half hour before the tour in the lobby for last minute instructions and check in.
  • Announcements will be made the morning of the tours as to where buses will load.

JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) – California Institute of Technology

Description:
"Dare mighty things," Teddy Roosevelt urged the world a century ago. Those are words we live by today at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It's our job to explore our planet, our solar system and the universe. We've been doing this since 1958 when we built and helped launch into orbit the first U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, which, by the way, gave the world the very first space science discovery - the Van Allen radiation belts that surround Earth.  Since the time of Explorer 1, we've visited every planet in our solar system.

Cost:
$60.00

Sale Cutoff Date:
April 16th, 2014

Where:
JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
4800 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

When:
Tour leaves The Sheraton Gate Way hotel at 12:00 pm (noon) Wednesday morning, May 14.  

Travel Time:
Travel from ISDC 2014 to JPL takes approximately 57 minutes (34 miles).

Note:  
Minimum for the tour is 10.  If that number is not reached the tour will be cancelled.

IMPORTANT:
All US citizens 18 years of age or older visiting JPL MUST present official, government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, before being allowed entry.


California Science Center – Samuel Oschin Pavilion
Home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Description:
Authorization to construct the fifth Space Shuttle orbiter as a replacement for Challenger was granted by Congress on August 1, 1987. Endeavour (OV-105) first arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility of the Kennedy Space Center on May 7, 1991, atop NASA's new Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (NASA 911). The space agency's newest orbiter began flight operations in 1992 on mission STS-49, the Intelsat VI repair mission.

Endeavour is named after the first ship commanded by 18th century British explorer James Cook. On its maiden voyage in 1768, Cook sailed into the South Pacific and around Tahiti to observe the passage of Venus between the Earth and the Sun. During another leg of the journey, Cook discovered New Zealand, surveyed Australia and navigated the Great Barrier Reef.

Cost:
$60.00

Optional:
+ $4.75 extra charge for the IMAX theater (to be paid at the center)

Sale Cutoff Date:
May 9th, 2014

Where:
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

When:
Tour leaves The Sheraton Gate Way hotel at 8:45 am Wednesday morning, May 14.

Travel Time:
Travel from ISDC 2014 to California Science Center takes approximately 29 minutes (15 miles).


Griffith Observatory

Description:
Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

Cost:
$60.00

Optional:
+ $7.00 extra charge for the Planetarium Show “Centered in the Universe” (to be paid at the planetarium)

Sale Cutoff Date:
May 9th, 2014

Where:
Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027

When:
Tour leaves The Sheraton Gate Way hotel at 8:45 am Wednesday morning, May 14.

Travel Time:
Travel from ISDC 2014 to Griffith Observatory takes approximately 58 minutes (25 miles).

Note:
Minimum for the tour is 10. If that number is not reached the tour will be cancelled.

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