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Participate in free events and activities at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center!

Hundreds of people stand in lines on the beach waiting their turn to look through telescopes at an astronomy event, above them the cloudy streaks of the milky way are surrounded by thousands of bright stars.

Visitor Center Experiences

To enhance your self-guided experience, our staff and volunteers will occasionally conduct special “pop-up” programs and activities for guests of all ages to explore science topics and NASA missions. All experiences are free of charge. 

Gallery Programs

Look for an informal educator and our curiosity cart in the main exhibit hall to complete a challenge or engage in fun, hands-on science demonstrations.

Auditorium Programs

From constellation BINGO to space trivia, learn about celestial sightings in the evening sky or test your knowledge of space in our staff-led theater programs.

Science On a Sphere Solar System Tour

Take a self-guided tour of our local solar system and explore past, present, and future NASA planetary missions.

Special Events and Programs

Join us in one of our upcoming events or programs to explore a special STEM topic. All programs are free; those requiring advanced registration will be noted in the event description.

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Main exhibit hall at Wallops Visitor Center with several exhibits shown, most notably the NISE Network's Build a Human Habitat on Mars exhibit.
The main exhibit hall of the NASA Wallops Visitor Center featuring NISE Network’s Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibition and Exploring Engineering through Sounding Rockets.
NASA/Elizabeth Hall

May

AstrOlympics: Rotation

Wednesday, May 29, 10 a.m. – noon EDT

Part 1 of 6

What do Olympic athletes, celestial objects, and rockets have in common? Motion! Join us for part one of our AstrOlympics program series, which celebrates a range of science that can be observed when matter is in motion!

Part one of this program series highlights rotation- when an object turns around a central axis. Participate in a hands-on activity, then complete physics demonstrations with rocket scientists from the launch vehicle engineering team from the Sounding Rocket Program Office at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to explore how rotation factors into rocketry.

June

STEM Pros @ NASA: Keeping NASA Safe

Friday, June 7, 10 a.m. – noon EDT

NASA’s Protective Services entails the security, fire, and medical services that safeguard NASA’s property, personnel, visitors, and operations from harm. Explore the vehicles, tools, equipment, and the science behind safety directly from NASA’s first responders at Wallops Flight Facility!

AstrOlympics: Distance

Wednesday, June 12, 10 a.m. – noon EDT

Part 2 of 6

What do Olympic athletes, celestial objects, and rockets have in common? Motion! Join us for part two of our AstrOlympics program series, which celebrates a range of science that can be observed when matter is in motion!

Today’s theme is distance–the measurement between two points. Participate in hands-on activities and challenges to explore distance in space, then meet rocket scientists from the safety and mission assurance team from the Sounding Rocket Program Office at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to explore how distance is factored into calculating sounding rocket trajectories.

Celebrate Asteroid Day

Friday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

Special Guest Presentation at 11 a.m.

Asteroids are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system approximately 4.6 billion years ago. Celebrate Asteroid Day with us on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we host games, activities, and challenges all focusing on these solar system “fossils” and learn about ambitious asteroid missions, like Lucy, OSIRIS-Apex, Psyche, and DART!

At 11 a.m., join us for a special guest presentation from USGS Research Geologist and Scientist Emeritus at the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, David Powars! Approximately 35 million years ago, a 2-mile wide meteor crashed into the western portion of the Atlantic Ocean, creating the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater – the largest impact crater in the United States! Listen in as David Powars, the principal discoverer of the crater, shares his research on the geologic framework of  southeast Virginia and the incredible story of how his team mapped their 53-mile wide impact crater.

AstrOlympics: Mass and Density

Wednesday, June 26, 10 a.m. – noon EDT

Part 3 of 6

What do Olympic athletes, celestial objects, and rockets have in common? Motion! Join us for part three of our AstrOlympics program series, which celebrates a range of science that can be observed when matter is in motion!

Explore a scientific double-feature in part three of our AstrOlympics summer program series! Participate in activities that explore two concepts- mass (the amount of matter within an object) and density (the amount of mass an object contains in a volume). Meet with rocket scientists from the mechanical engineering and mechanical productions team from the Sounding Rocket Program Office at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to make predictions about whether rocket hardware will sink or float in water.

July

AstrOlympics: Speed and Acceleration

Wednesday, July 10, 10 a.m. – noon EDT

Part 4 of 6

What do Olympic athletes, celestial objects, and rockets have in common? Motion! Join us for part four of our AstrOlympics program series, which celebrates a range of science that can be observed when matter is in motion!

Today’s science themes are speed and acceleration! Build and launch bottle rockets with the flight performance engineering team from the Sounding Rocket Program Office at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, to measure the distance your rocket traveled, and calculate the speed of your rocket!

AstrOlympics: Pressure

Wednesday, July 24, 10 a.m. – noon EDT

Part 5 of 6

What do Olympic athletes, celestial objects, and rockets have in common? Motion! Join us for part five of our AstrOlympics program series, which celebrates a range of science that can be observed when matter is in motion!

Explore pressure (the amount of force over a specific area) in our fifth session of the AstrOlympics program series, which explores how a range of science can be found in sport, celestial objects, and rocketry. Explore pressure through hands-on activities and a physics demonstration facilitated by the guidance, navigation, and control team from the Sounding Rocket Program Office at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

August

AstrOlympics: Time

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. – noon EDT

Part 6 of 6

What do Olympic athletes, celestial objects, and rockets have in common? Motion! Join us for our final session of the AstrOlympics program series, which celebrates a range of science that can be observed when matter is in motion!

Our final science theme is time-the accurate measurement of repeating patterns. Explore how the ability to accurately measure time is key for cosmic exploration and participate in a hands-on demonstration with the electrical engineering and electrical production team from the Sounding Rocket Program Office at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to explore how timing is critical for in-flight events during a rocket launch.