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The Biggest Show in the Basin!
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is Right Around the Corner (Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, one of the largest shows in the state, is slated for this Saturday, July 4th. The show can be seen from almost everywhere in Alamogordo, but the best viewing area is on the grounds of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. . . .
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July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza!
Museum Members Eligible for VIP Parking Passes (Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a community tradition for 37 years, is scheduled for Saturday, July 4th. Coordinated by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the show is one of the largest in the state. “The Fireworks Extravaganza is a tribute to our community and . . .
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Tombaugh Theater To Close Early
High Temperatures and Poor AC Cause Early Closings (Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The Tombaugh IMAX Theater on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History will begin closing at 1:00 pm effective immediately until air conditioning issues can be addressed. The last show of the day will be at noon through June 25. The theater will be closed entirely from June 26 through July 3 for. . .
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Featured Exhibit

The International Space Hall of Fame
The International Space Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to recognize the imagination, efforts, and achievements of those who have endeavored to advance man's knowledge of the universe, and his ability to explore space. See all inductees in the International Space Hall of Fame online at . .
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Rockets! This exhibit summarizes the historical development of rocketry, and honors many pioneers in the field. Significant artifacts fill the gallery. Don't miss the distinct sound signatures of different rocket engines. Push the buttons. . . and hear them. . . ROAR! . . .
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Icons of Exploration
Icons of Exploration showcases some of the Museum's most celebrated objects including a real "moon rock," rare replicas of the first man-made satellites, Sputnik and Explorer, and the Gargoyle, an early guided missile. Visitors are introduced to themes and subjects that are revisited and developed throughout the museum. . . .
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Daisy Track (Outdoor Exhibit) & X-37
In operation from 1955 to 1985, the Daisy Decelerator (named after the Daisy Air Rifle) was an air-powered sled-track used to study the effects of acceleration, deceleration, and impact on the human body and various equipment systems. The Daisy Decelerator played a significant role in American history by supporting biological and mechanical research and testing for NASA's Mercury space flights. . .
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NM Space Trail Summer Camp Registration Form
IMAX Movies

Journey into Amazing Caves
Journey into Amazing Caves tells the story of two accomplished cavers as they explore unu. . .


Plan Your Visit

Open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving

Adults $6.00
Children (3-12) $4.00
senior, military and combo discounts »
For Group Tour Information, call 575-437-2840 ext. 41132 or email

Located at the top of Highway 2001
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Voice: (575) 437-2840
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The Governors Commission is the group appointed by the Governor comprised of leaders in the scientific, education and political communities responsible for the oversight of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. In keeping with a desire to fulfill their duties as representatives of the public trust, this direct email link has been added to our site. All emails received will be directly forwarded, and distributed to the respective Commissioners. Please note your name and district of residence in your email. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

  • Lisa Thomassie - Member, At-Large
  • Jill Gutierrez - Member, District 7
  • Jim Hayhoe - Member, At- Large
  • Dr. William Dettmer - Chairman, District 3
  • Michael Kelley - Vice Chair, District 7
  • Ed Brabson - Member, District VI
  • Jamai Blivin - Member, District II
  • Dr. Donald Elder, III - Member, District IV
  • Jacqueline S. Fryer - Member, District V

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July 1st in Space History

    • 1993: Soyuz TM–17 is launched, taking one French and two Russian cosmonauts to the Mir space station for 196.7 days (the Frenchman returns to Earth with the previous crew after 20 days).
    • 1994: Soyuz TM–19 takes two Russian cosmonauts to Mir on a 126–day mission.
    • 1997: STS–94 Columbia begins a 15.7–day flight.