MARS is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Chesapeake Bay on the west. The Eastern Shore is a quiet place of great natural beauty. A rich history graces the area with historic homes, churches, museums, and landmarks inviting visitors to explore the past. Major festivals and events are held annually by local communities to celebrate heritage of the area. Outdoorsmen will find excellent fishing, crabbing, camping, hunting, boating, and swimming. Just sixty miles south of MARS is the famed Bay Creek Resort, ranked 12th nationally by Golf World Magazine. Ninety-six miles to the south sits the resort town of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and to the north is Ocean City, Maryland. Both ocean side towns offer many attractions, including convention centers providing named entertainment, concerts, and cultural events.
To best view launches, we recommend visiting the NASA Wallops Visitors Center on Route 175 off U.S. Route 13 in Virginia or the Assateague Island National Seashore Park. Additionally, from anywhere along the Delmarva Peninsula - (ocean side), a good view is offered looking southward along the MARS launch trajectory. We recommend viewers bring the following: sunscreen, sun glasses, bug repellent, a good book, a beach chair or blanket.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility recommended viewing locations: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/events/viewing_launches.html
Group Tours and Security
NASA Wallops Flight Facility welcomes tour groups, especially student groups. Please contact their Visitor Center or the Public Affairs Office at least 2 weeks prior to your visit. Group tours are scheduled based on availability. Visitors are not allowed unescorted on the Main Base or the Island where the launch pads are located. For additional information on tours and educational programs offered by NASA Wallops Flight Facility, please check their Web site.
NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center
The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center and Gift Shop is located on Virginia Route #175 east off US Route 13, about 1 mile from the Wallops Flight Facility Main Gate. The Visitor Center, Gift Shop, and Education Resource Center are all part of the Robert L. Krieger Education Center. A collection of spacecraft and flight articles, as well as exhibits about the U.S. space program, are on display. Special movies and video presentations may be viewed; also special events, such as model rocket launches, are often scheduled. There is no admission charge to enter this facility. For further information, visit their Web site.