JPL Open House

A small rover crawls over children during the JPL Open House in La Canada Flintridge in 2010. (Raul Roa/Staff photographer / June 9, 2012)

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is suspending the open house that had been scheduled for June 8 and 9, making the popular yearly gathering the latest casualty of the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

The “difficult decision” to put off the event was reached Tuesday, JPL spokeswoman Veronica McGregor said in an e-mail to The Times. 

“If we can hold it later in the year after the budgetary dust settles, we will,” she wrote.

Last month, NASA issued an internal memo suspending “all education and public outreach activities … pending further review” because of sequestration. In the memo, the agency asked departments to help assess which activities should go forward.

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