The NASA Visitor Center takes a look at the history of Wallops and Earth’s moon during events December 8 and 9.
The History of Wallops Island Lecture Series continues with “Part 3 – From Propellers to Rockets and Jets: the U.S. Navy at Chincoteague Navy Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) from 1945 through 1959” at 5 p.m., December 8.
The series kicked-off in the spring of 2016 with the exploration of the early history of Wallops Island from the 1600’s through the start of World War II and U.S. Navy legacy through 1946.
During Part 3, NASA employee T.J. Meyer, who has conducted extensive research on the history of Wallops Island and the main facility, will discuss the U.S. Navy at the Chincoteague NAAS and its advancement during the time period of 1945 through 1959.
Part 3 will be held at the Visitor Center’s auditorium and will also be recorded and available at a later date on the Wallops YouTube channel.
The History of Wallops Island Lecture Series will feature one additional lecture in 2017. The final lecture will explore activities at Wallops from 1959 through 1980.
The NASA Visitor Center and its partner the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation will host the first installment of the STEM in the Sky Astronomy Series from 7 – 9 p.m. December 9. This series will kick off with an exploration of the Earth’s Moon and will also feature a new constellation tour of the night sky.

The event begins with an astronomy presentation at the Visitor Center’s auditorium at 7 p.m. followed by night sky observations through telescopes and binoculars on the grounds of the Visitor Center from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. A new constellation tour of the night sky will be offered at 8:30 p.m. The constellation tour is limited to 25 people and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Astronomy-themed movies, hands-on activities and crafts also will be available throughout the event.
The astronomy presentation will take place regardless of the weather; however, the telescope viewing and constellation tour are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.
The STEM in the Sky Astronomy Series will continue in 2017 with exploration of the Earth’s Sun in January, Jupiter in May, and ending with the Solar Eclipse in August.
The event is free and open to the public. The STEM in the Sky Astronomy Series is funded in part through the 2015 Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers.
The NASA Visitor Center, located on Va. Rt. 175 about six miles from U. S. Route 13 and five miles from Chincoteague, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information about the history lecture, the astronomy series or the Visitor Center, call 757-824-1344 or visit: