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At One NASA Lab, Art And Science Share The Same Orbit

The artists of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories have made travel posters for distant planets, simulated Jupiter's churning atmosphere and translated satellite movements into sound.
A team of artists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories created the Orbit Pavilion. Source: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Nestled among palm trees at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens near Pasadena, Calif., there's a mysterious, metallic structure that curls like a nautilus shell. It's called the Orbit Pavilion, and it was created by a team of artists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories, or JPL.

Step inside the 17-foot-tall structure and you'll hear otherworldly sounds triggered by the tracking signal of

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