Starting March 1, 2014, the NASA Wallops Visitor Center and Gift Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Visitors Center will always be open during launch operations, regardless of the day of the week.
Admission is always FREE - stop by today! For more information, call 757-824-1344.
These are the Saturday 1:00 PM events scheduled to begin, March 1, 2014: Admission is always FREE at the NASA Wallops Visitor Center!
MODEL Rocket Launch - WEATHER PERMITTING!
Come watch as our staff launches Estes model rockets hundreds of feet into the air! If you have built your own model rocket, and it passes our safety inspection, we can provide a NASA launch platform for you to launch from.
St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Celebration
Let’s take science, shamrocks and St. Patty and have a celebration! Did you know the shamrock, or clover, is really a trefoil and from the pea family? We will look closer at this great little plant and then do a leaf pressing craft!
SciFiles Saturday: Case of the Zany Animal Antics
Concerned about an injured animal, the tree house detectives decide to learn more about animals and their care. They meet biologists and ecologists to learn about endangered species, the classification and life cycles of animals, migratory patterns, habitats, and much more. After the program, we will do an animal craft for kids to take home! (Ages 5+)
Do you know that an equinox is? Well, let’s find out! March 20th marked the Spring Equinox for 2014 and we will learn why this type of phenomenon happens and why it has been so important to people of the past. Kids will also do an equinox craft to take home!
On March 18th, 1965 Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov went on the first ever spacewalk? Would you be scared if you went on the first spacewalk? Or would you keep your cool? Let’s see what it takes to go on an EVA or Extra-Vehicular Activity and see what Alexei had to be prepared for.
MODEL Rocket Launch - WEATHER PERMITTING!
Come watch as our staff launches Estes model rockets hundreds of feet into the air! If you have built your own model rocket, and it passes our safety inspection, we can provide a NASA launch platform for you to launch from
April 12th Water Falls
Have you ever heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers”? Well without rain there would be no flowers. There would be no trees or animals or even humans! We will learn about the importance of rain and see a movie in the Science on a Sphere theater.
April 19th SciFiles Saturday: The Case of the Inhabitable Habitat
Come help the tree house detectives as they enter a contest to design a habitat that will sustain life on Mars. They discover there is a lot more to habitats than habits. (Ages 5+)
April 26th Meteor Meteor! Did you see the Lyrids?
The Lyrids meteor shower is all over, did you see it? We will learn about what makes meteors so special and why some people call them falling stars! Also, find out when the next meteor shower is so you can be ready to watch! We will also be making Astro Journals so you can write down all the great things you see in the sky!
FREE Star Party at the NASA Visitor Center!
Dateline: Saturday, March 1, 2014 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
6:15 PM Dr. Joseph Howard Salisbury University- “Big Bang” in the Auditorium
7:00 PM Constellation Story Time in the Children’s Area
7:30 PM Star Studded Fashion Show in the Auditorium
8:00 PM Solar System Walk (Meet at front desk)
6-9 PM Telescope Star Gazing- Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation/Sussex County Astronomy Society Side Field & Roof Top Observation Deck
Have fun with our ongoing All Night Activities including the “Mars Landing” bean bag toss, “Ring Saturn” ring toss, Dock the ISS and a Train Like an Astronaut scavenger hunt!
(Ask front desk staff for scavenger hunt sheets)
Come out and celebrate the stars! With the help of telescopes, astronomers and NASA engineers and scientists you will feel closer to the stars then you ever have before. Bring the entire family out to celebrate with games, activities and star crafts as we learn and love the stars all evening. We will be inside and out (if the weather permits) so dress for the weather and bring a flashlight or two to help light your way. Telescopes and expertise will be provided by volunteers from the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation and the Sussex County Astronomy Society. Rain or shine, cloudy or clear we will be here!
The NASA Wallops Visitor Center is a great place to come and view rockets being launched from Wallops Island! Admission is always free!
Welcome to the NASA Wallops Visitor Center!
The NASA Wallops Visitor Center is the place to explore the past, present, and future of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. The Visitor Center offers many great exhibits as testimony to the amazing things done at Wallops in addition to serving as a prime viewing location for rocket launches!
Our Gift Shop is closed until March 1,2014
The Visitor Center is located on VA RT 175 near Chincoteague Island, Virginia and is the perfect stop for your next Eastern Shore trip. Admission is free - stop by today!
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Wallops Launch News
Next Wallops Launch:
Mission: NASA SubTec-6
Launch Vehicle: Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket
Target Date: Late April, daytime
Mission: ORB-2 (ISS resupply)
Launch Vehicle: Antares
Target Date: May 1, no Launch time established at this time
The NASA Visitor Center will be open for launch