Goddard Visitor Center Events:


Goddard Visitor Center Events:

Visitors count down to one of Goddard’s model rocket launches. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Pat Izzo

Like to build model rockets, but don’t have a launch pad? Now you do! Anyone can fly at the Goddard model rocket launches, and there are no costs or fees to participate. Rockets, motors and supplies are available at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop (and many hobby shops or toy stores) and you can even get rocket construction and launch tips from our on-site experts on launch day!

Don't want to launch your own rocket? That's fine, too -- come out to watch, and cheer on our rocketeers!

Model rocket launches are held at the Goddard Visitor Center the first Sunday of the month (some holidays excluded, and weather and security conditions permitting). Launches start at 1 p.m. and are brought to you by the NARHAMS Model Rocket club (http://www.narhams.org/). These launches have been part of Visitor Center programs since 1976.

Visitors bring and prepare their own models; a group safety briefing is given at 1:00pm, and models are given a preflight safety assessment. We allow single-engine models that must not exceed D-class models. 1/2A or A models work best for our field. We do not permit models whose altitude may exceed 2,000 feet, nor do we normally allow glider models.

For any questions, please contact the Visitor Center front desk at 301-286-8981

Weather decisions will be made the day of the launch -- to check the status of a launch, please contact the Visitor Center front desk.

Event Schedule:

  • January Launch:
    When: January 05, 2014
    Time: 01:00:PM - 03:00:PM
    Where: Auditorium & Science Center/Sphere


  • February Launch:
    When: February 02, 2014
    Time: 01:00:PM - 03:00:PM
    Where: Auditorium & Science Center/Sphere


  • March Launch:
    When: March 02, 2014
    Time: 01:00:PM - 03:00:PM
    Where: Auditorium & Science Center/Sphere


  • April Launch:
    When: April 06, 2014
    Time: 01:00:PM - 03:00:PM
    Where: Auditorium & Science Center/Sphere


  • May Launch:
    When: May 04, 2014
    Time: 01:00:PM - 03:00:PM
    Where: Auditorium & Science Center/Sphere


  • June Launch:
    When: June 01, 2014
    Time: 01:00:PM - 03:00:PM
    Where: Auditorium & Science Center/Sphere


  • July Launch:
    When: July 06, 2014
    Time: 01:00:PM - 03:00:PM
    Where: Auditorium & Science Center/Sphere




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