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It's About Space!

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Who knew that an island dominated by wild ponies would also
become a prime location for viewing rocket launches carrying
precious cargo to the International Space Station? Under a $1.9
billion contract with NASA, at least 8 missions will leave from the
Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight
Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

The islands of Chincoteague and Assateague on the Eastern Shore
of Virginia are perfectly positioned to offer spectacular public viewing
sites as well as lodging options on the Chincoteague Bay &
Assateague Channel offering private balcony views.


Please be aware that a variety of unforeseen circumstances
may cause the rocket launch to “slip” for a day or longer.
There are weather, mechanical, or logistical situations that
may occur to interrupt the launch schedule. Chincoteague
and Assateague Islands offer endless opportunities to stay
and play while awaiting the next “window of opportunity.”

Explore our website for options.

We have compiled a list of what we have found to be the
BEST ROCKET VIEWING SITES on Wallops, Chincoteague
and Assateague Islands. Enjoy your time in the land of rockets
and wild ponies!!

 

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NASA Visitor’s Center
Directions:
  • From Rt 13, turn east at T’s Corner stop light onto Chincoteague Rd/VA-175
  • Located about 7 miles on Rt 175, outside of NASA Wallops Facility on right
Queen’s Sound Landing
Along Causeway on Rt 175 to Chincoteague Island, VA
Directions:
  • From Rt 13, turn east at T’s Corner stop light onto Chincoteague Rd/VA-175
  • Follow Rt 175 7.9 miles to public boat landing on right
Curtis Merritt Harbor
2246 Curtis Merritt Harbor Rd., Chincoteague Island, VA
Directions:
  • From Rt 13, turn east at T’s Corner stop light onto Chincoteague Rd/VA-175
  • Follow Rt 175 across causeway and bridges to Chincoteague Island
  • Turn right at the stop light onto Main Street, heading south
  • The entrance to the Harbor is near the end of the road on the left
Town Dock/Robert Reed Park
4083 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA
Directions:
  • From Rt 13, turn east at T’s Corner stop light onto Chincoteague Rd/ VA-175
  • Follow Rt 175 across causeway and bridges to Chincoteague Island
  • Turn right at the stop light onto Main Street, heading south
  • Park is approximately .5 mile on the right. Parking lot entrance is at Don’s Seafood.

 

Museum of Chincoteague Island
7125 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague Island, VA
Directions:
  • From Rt 13, turn east at T’s Corner stop light onto Chincoteague Rd/ VA-175
  • Follow Rt 175 across causeway and bridges to Chincoteague Island
  • Continue straight at light onto Maddox Blvd.
  • Follow Maddox through the Traffic Circle and continue straight
  • The Museum is the last building on the left just before the bridge to Assateague Island. 

 

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island
8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA
Directions:
  • From Rt 13, turn east at T’s Corner stop light onto Chincoteague Rd/ VA-175
  • Follow Rt. 175 across causeway and bridges to Chincoteague Island.
  • Continue straight at the light onto Maddox Blvd.
  • Follow Maddox through the Traffic Circle and follow signs to Assateague.
  • Maddox Blvd becomes Beach Road.
  • Launches are visible anywhere along the road leading to the beach.

 

Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island, VA
Directions:
  • From Rt 13, turn east at T’s Corner stop light onto Chincoteague Rd/ VA-175
  • Follow Rt. 175 across causeway and bridges to Chincoteague Island.
  • Continue straight at the light onto Maddox Blvd.
  • Follow Maddox through the Traffic Circle and follow signs to Assateague.
  • Maddox Blvd becomes Beach Road.
  • Follow Beach Road to Assateague Island National Seashore.
  • Viewing area is anywhere along the public beach - look to the south.

Please Note: Some viewing locations may be off limits for some launches as determined
by NASA for safety reasons. The most up to date information on all launches can be found
on the NASA Wallops Flight Facility website.

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