***Only clear backpacks, clear purses, or diaper bags will be authorized. Diaper bags do not need to be clear.***

Entry times – guests can begin entering at 9am. There will be no entry after 3pm.

Leaving times – guests must leave the campus by 4pm. There will be no entry after 3pm.

What should you expect when you arrive at NASA Langley?

  • An anticipated 20,000+ visitors are expected to attend the 2023 NASA Langley Open House. Lines at the security checkpoints should be expected.
  • Upon arrival, at the front gate via shuttle bus from satellite parking locations, guests should be prepared to go through a security screening process including:
    • Bag screening – guests are subject to screening for prohibited items. In addition, only clear backpacks, clear purses, or diaper bags will be authorized.
    • Magnetometers – guests will be required to pass through metal detectors before entering the campus.
  • Please limit your belongings to items such as keys, phones, and medical necessities to better help get through the checkpoint and to help speed the process.
  • Visitors are authorized to bring one unopened bottle of water. Water filling stations will be available throughout the event in addition to food and beverages available for sale.
  • A list of allowed and prohibited items is available at the 2023 NASA Langley Open House website
  • Any prohibited items will not be secured for pick-up upon departure and must be disposed of or returned to your vehicle prior to entry.

Items Prohibited on NASA Facilities

This list of prohibited items, per NASA Procedural Requirement (NPR) 1620.3B, represents the baseline of items prohibited inside NASA facilities/installations beyond secured entry points and does not cover every item that may be prohibited.

The list of prohibited includes, but is not limited to:

    • Firearms or similar device that expels a projectile through the action of an explosive
    • BB or pellet guns
    • Compressed air guns
    • Antique firearms
    • Flare guns
    • Realistic replica or toy firearms
    • Spear guns
    • Starter pistols
    • Stun guns, cattle prods, dart-firing stun guns, and other electric weapons or controlled devices
    • Ammunition, shotgun shells or firearm cartridges, black powder, smokeless propellant powder
    • Slingshots
    • Axes and hatchets
    • Bows and arrows
    • Ice axes/ice picks
    • Throwing stars (martial arts)
    • Knives, sabers, swords, daggers, and other bladed devices
    • Razor-type blades; such as box cutters, utility knives, and razor blades
    • Billy club
    • Blackjacks
    • Brass knuckles
    • Chains in excess of 12 inches (Jewelry exceptions can be made)
    • Night sticks
    • Martial arts weapons, including nunchucks and kubatons
    • Blasting caps or detonators
    • Dynamite, nitroglycerin, trinitrotoluene, ammonium nitrate, and others
    • Fireworks
    • Gunpowder
    • Hand grenades, mine, bomb, rocket, missile, pipe bomb, or plastic explosives
    • Realistic replicas of explosives or similar devices
    • Explosive or expanding gases
    • Gas torches
    • Flammable Liquids (i.e., gasoline, turpentine, and paint thinner)
    • Mace, pepper spray, tear gas, tear gas gun, or other chemical spray designed for self-defense
    • Spillable batteries, except those in wheelchairs or similar devices used by a mobility impaired individual
    • Spray paint
    • Poisonous gases
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Visitors may not bring these additional items onto NASA Langley Research Center: Glass containers, alcohol, cannabis or illegal drugs, pets (except certified service animals), banners or signs, flags, boom boxes, air horns, musical instruments, and professional camera equipment with detachable telephoto lenses. Use of laser pointers or whistles is not allowed. Only clear backpacks, clear purses, or diaper bags will be authorized. Diaper bags do not need to be clear. Drones are not allowed to fly over NASA LaRC under any circumstances. Skates, skateboards, scooters, Segways, and bicycles are not permitted inside the event.