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Visiting Wallops

Science on the Sphere exhibit
Wallops Visitor Center

The NASA Wallops Visitor Center is located on Rt. 175. For more info, call 757-824-1344

Wallops Education

A Terrier-Orion rocket with student tests aboard rises from a luminous cloud of smoke
Wallops Education

Visit the Education website for more information regarding educational experiences!

Launch Information

    Orbital Sciences Antares Test Launch
    Mission Briefings and Events Coverage for Members of the Media

    The inaugural Antares launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., is scheduled for no earlier than Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m. EDT. NASA Television coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. If launch time is targeted for later in the launch window, NASA TV commentary will begin 30 minutes before liftoff.

    Media Center
    The NASA Wallops Media Center, located in Bldg. J-93 at the NASA Wallops Visitors Center, Virginia Highway 175, Wallops Island, Va., will be open on launch day beginning at 10 a.m.

    Directions to the Wallops Visitors Center can be found here:

    News Media Launch Viewing
    News media may view the launch from Bldg. U-80 on the mainland area of Wallops Island. The site is approximately 2.25 miles from the launch pad. An escort will depart from the Wallops Visitors Center at approximately 3 p.m.on launch day.

    NASA TV Launch Coverage
    For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

    For more information about the Antares test flight, visit:

    NASA Web Prelaunch and Launch Coverage
    Prelaunch and launch day coverage of the mission will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and text updates beginning at 3:30 p.m. as the countdown milestones occur. Photos and video of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. You can follow launch coverage on our multiple NASA social media sites at:

    Post-Launch News Conference
    The post-launch news conference for the Antares test flight will be held at the Wallops Visitors Center at approximately 90 minutes after launch. NASA Television will provide live coverage as well as streaming internet coverage. This event is for preregistered media participants.

    Post-launch news conference participants will include NASA and Orbital representatives.

    Media can participate in the post-launch news conference in person at the Wallops Visitors Center or via a phone bridge by calling the Johnson Space Center newsroom no later than 15 minutes before the briefings begin. The number to call is (281) 483-5111.

    Recorded Status
    Recorded launch update status reports are available by calling 757-824-2050.

    Wireless Capability
    Wireless capability for the news media is available at the Wallops Visitors Center and at the media launch viewing site.

    For more information on the test flight of the COTS program, visit:

    For more information on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, visit:

    For more information about Orbital Sciences Corporation, visit: