Watching NASA rocket launches from Cape May… Is that a thing? Yes, yes it is. What an awesome thing to do as a family right? I wish I had known about this when my kids were little. I know it would have been a highlight of their vacation.
NASA launches rockets from Wallops Island Virginia on a regular basis. The launches can be clearly seen from Cape May Point. Weather permitting of course.
Wallops is NASA’s only owned and operated launch range. The facility partners with and supports the missions of the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, Virginia Space and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. You can learn all about the various launches and missions at the Wallops NASA website. The site lists the upcoming schedule of launches and as of this writing the next one will be on May 7th. This particular launch is exploring energy transport in space. The most recent past launch was on March 3rd. It was a three-stage suborbital sounding rocket for the Department of Defense. The mission of the launch was to study ionization in space just beyond the reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. You can follow the site as well as their Facebook page to keep up to date on the launch schedules.
Check out my prior post A Fun (almost no beach) Day with Kids in Cape May and think about adding a rocket launch to the end of the day! How cool is that? I have seen several fabulous pictures posted on Facebook of these launches. What a great keepsake from your trip (not to mention a fantastic Instagram post of TikTok video for your kids).