First Steps, the Space Race, and an Abridged History of NASA Wallops

By |2019-02-13T12:19:43-04:00February 13th, 2019|Blog|

If you're exploring the Eastern Shore of Virginia during the winter, you might find that it's a bit brisk outside to explore the region's beaches and nature trails, and that some businesses in resort areas like Chincoteague close for the off-season entirely. But there's one place -- indoors, with heat! -- that's always open, where [...]

What’s Up at Wallops: Fall programs open to the public

By |2018-09-24T16:04:54-04:00September 24th, 2018|What's Up at Wallops?|

This fall, the NASA Wallops Visitor Center is offering educational programs for kids and adults alike almost every Saturday September through November. From STEM labs to model rocket launching to an astronaut-oriented puppet show, there's a little something for everyone this season on Wallops Island.  Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to [...]

All About Sounding Rockets ?

By |2018-06-26T15:30:31-04:00June 26th, 2018|Blog|

Recently, NASA Wallops Islands Flight Facility has been sending up a lot of Sounding Rockets, Suborbitals, into our atmosphere. But what exactly are they? And just what are they doing? For more than 40 years, the Sounding Rocket Program at NASA has continuously provided scientific, educational and technical information that is critical to the space [...]

The Thunderbirds are Creating a Storm in Ocean City and in Wallops

By |2018-06-26T15:37:12-04:00June 15th, 2018|Blog, News|

On June 14, the Thursday before the Ocean City Air Show, the U.S Air Force Thunderbirds departed from NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility to fly over the beach and boardwalk to perform a practice show. The practice show is a great way to watch the Thunderbirds preform their routine and their tricks without the congestion [...]

What’s up at Wallops: June ’18

By |2018-06-08T12:20:38-04:00June 8th, 2018|Blog, What's Up at Wallops?|

June is a busy month for NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility with many large events happening. To start the month off, Wallops will be hosting viewings of the famous OC Air Show, which flies into Ocean City, Maryland every summer.  Thunderbirds in action. Wallops will host the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and F-35 [...]

Vector and Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority Announce Three Upcoming Orbital Launches from Wallops Island

By |2017-10-22T15:35:09-04:00October 22nd, 2017|Blog, What's Up at Wallops?|

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware, has entered into an agreement with Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space) to conduct three commercial orbital missions out of Virginia Space’s [...]

NASA Visitor Center Summer Astronomy Series Returns July 13

By |2017-07-06T08:14:42-04:00July 6th, 2017|Blog, News, Press Releases, What's Up at Wallops?|

Our local national park beaches hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness on the east coast. By night, Assateague Island visitors have an unparalleled view of the stars and beyond. Discover the starry night sky Thursday, July 13, over the Virginia end of Assateague Island National Seashore at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge [...]

NASA’s Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From New Zealand

By |2017-04-28T06:32:40-04:00April 28th, 2017|Blog, News, Press Releases|

NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern Time), on a mission designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitude band. "Following our [...]

Jupiter is Focus of NASA Visitor Center Astronomy Event April 28

By |2017-04-19T09:01:31-04:00April 19th, 2017|Blog, News, What's Up at Wallops?|

The public is invited to set their sights on Jupiter and spring night-time constellations at the next STEM in the Sky astronomy event from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center. The event begins with an astronomy presentation in the Visitor Center auditorium at 7 p.m. followed [...]

Using Smartphones for Science at NASA Visitor Center March 25

By |2017-03-27T10:48:19-04:00March 27th, 2017|Blog, News, Press Releases, What's Up at Wallops?|

Smartphones. If you don’t have one you probably know someone who does. They add convenience to our lives with instant web access, finding directions and, oh yeah, communicating with others by text, voice and photos. Smartphones also can be used for science observations. Find out how at the Smartphones for Science: GLOBE Observer Citizen Science [...]