NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight Facility
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NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight Facility Chincoteague Reviews
Rocket Science on the Eastern Shore Sep 24, 2009
NASA maintains a small visitor center at its Wallops Flight Facility. NASA (and its predecessor, NACA) has used Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore for rocket and spaceflight development and scientific research on the Earth's atmosphere since 1945. Wallops is not well known, but it is NASA's busiest launch facility, launching suborbital sounding rockets and placing satellites in orbit.
The visitor center tells the story of Wallops and its missions and research activities in a series of display panels and small exhibits.
Wallops supported the Mercury project by testing launching of the capsules and the emergency escape rocket system. Today, it is active in atmospheric research through balloons and sounding rockets. Full size rockets are on display on the grounds outside the visitor center
A series of short films about NASA subjects in general are screened periodically. We saw "Field Trip to the Moon" about the proposed return manned moon mission. I thought the most interesting exhibit was "Science on a Sphere", where images of the Sun, planets, and moons were projected on a suspended sphere. You could image the object hanging in space.
Launches can be viewed by the public, but there were none during our stay at Chincoteague.
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