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NASA Wallops Visitor Center - Exhibits
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The Visitor Center at NASA Wallops Flight Facility provides an educational and fun experience for visitors of all ages. We offer many unique programs, special events, and educational opportunities sure to capture the interest and imagination of all who explore our Visitor Center.

Our exhibit hall and museum take you on a journey through past projects conducted at Wallops Flight Facility and carry you to the present where you will learn about our Sounding Rockets Program, Scientific Balloon Projects, Orbital Tracking Station and much more.

Attend one of our fun filled public programs, participate in an exciting model rocket launch or even view an actual sounding rocket launch from the Visitor Center grounds.

Hands on exhibits include the Magic Planet, Air Rockets, Radar Altimeter and more.

 

SCIENCE ON A SPHERE

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You won't need a spacecraft to have an astronauts-eye-view of the planets and moons in our solar system at our Science On a Sphere Theatre. 

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.

Science On a Sphere creates stunning visual effects from real scientific data, and displays them on a six-foot-diameter globe suspended from the ceiling.  The animated sphere seems to float in space -  just as an astronaut would see the Earth! 

3D video projectors show the audience clear, striking images of our Earth, storms on Jupiter, our moon Luna and MUCH more to help visitors of all ages better understand our world and our solar system.

 

MAGIC PLANET

This interactive spherical display allows visitors to delve even deeper into our solar system.  Select the sun, planets or their moons from the touch screen and watch them appear on the sphere right before your eyes!  The "Magic Planet" exhibit is located at the entrance of the Science on a Sphere Theatre.

 

KNOW YOUR EARTH

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The Know Your Earth Project is an outside-the box, multi-mission project that strives to attract a multitude of audiences to seek out NASA Earth Science information.  The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is proud to display Know Your Earth banners in our Exhibit Hall. 
 

 

MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM & PRESS ROOM

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We are proud to show off the newly remodeled auditorium & press room at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center. Recently remodeled, this high-tech auditorium features a nine-television, high-definition flat-screen display with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 135, making it especially useful for presenting educational content to large audiences, viewing live camera feeds from Wallops Island during launch events, and presenting news at professionally-broadcasted press conferences. Complete with mission posters and (in true NASA spirit) space decor, the auditorium is a must-see during your visit to the Visitor Center.

 

VISITOR CENTER GIFT SHOP

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Located inside the Visitor Center, the Gift Shop offers models, patches, games, clothing and a variety of NASA souvenirs. The Gift Shop is open March-November and its hours of operation are the same as the Visitor Center.

NASA Wallops Gift Shop:  757.824.1343

 

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Model of the International Space Station
A scaled model of the International Space Station as seen in the NASA Wallops Visit Center. Click to enlarge.
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Science on a Sphere
The Science on a Sphere Exhibit is one of the most popular interactive exhibits at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center. Click to enlarge.
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This is just one example of the "Know Your Earth" series of posters in the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall. Click to enlarge.
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The Visitor Center Gift Shop offers NASA merchandise that you won't find anywhere else! Click to enlarge.
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The newly renovated multi-purpose auditorium is both functional and aesthetically pleasing! Click to enlarge.
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Page Last Updated: November 7th, 2014
Page Editor: Rebecca Powell