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The New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH) is pleased to announce publication of Curation Paper Number 12, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. It is an oral history of Colonel William “Pete” Knight (USAF, Ret.). The interview was conducted in 1998 for the New Mexico Museum of Space History (formerly the Space Center Museum) by Museum volunteer Lt. Col. Wayne O. Mattson (USAF, Ret.) and George House, Museum Curator. In the 1960’s Colonel Knight played a key role in the testing of the X-15 rocket plane. On October 3, 1967, he set a world-record when he piloted an X-15 to a speed of 4,520 miles per hour. Equivalent to Mach 6.7, this is still the fastest any winged craft has ever flown. Curation Paper Twelve can be downloaded here:

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Curation Paper Eleven, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry, is an oral history of Colonel Joseph Kittinger Jr. (USAF, Ret.). The interview was conducted in 2000 for the New Mexico Museum of Space History (formerly the Space Center Museum) by Museum volunteer Lt. Col. Wayne O. Mattson (USAF, Ret.) and George House, Museum Curator. Kittinger played a key role in the early days of the space program, but he is best known for his record-breaking free fall from a balloon at the edge of space. Curation Paper Eleven can be downloaded here:

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Curation Paper Ten, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry, is an oral history of Colonel Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot, as well as command, a Space Shuttle mission. Also in this issue are the NASA profile of Colonel Collins and other features. In July 2005, Colonel Collins (USAF, Ret.) returned to space as the Commander of STS-114 aboard Discovery. NASA called that mission the ‘Return to Flight,’ as it was the first Space Shuttle launch after the loss of the Columbia on February 1, 2003. Eileen Collins retired from the Air Force in 2005 and NASA in 2006. Curation Paper Ten can be downloaded here:

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'Curation Paper Number Nine,' edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry, is a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Project Mercury flight Sigma 7 by Walter “Wally” Schirra (1923-2007). Captain Schirra (USN) recounts the mission, and the rest of his astronaut career in his oral history. The issue also features the official NASA biography of Captain Schirra, who was the only man to fly NASA’s first three manned programs: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. He was, as well, the first person to make three space flights. Curation Paper Nine can be downloaded here:

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'Curation Paper Number Eight' is a tribute to Edward C. Dittmer, Sr., compiled by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. Ed is an inductee in the International Space Hall of Fame and, for many years, a volunteer at the museum. Curation Paper Number Eight and all earlier Curation Papers can be downloaded below:

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‘Curation Paper Number Seven’ is a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the MA-7 flight; it was the second manned orbital mission by the United States. The story is told by astronaut M. Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, via his oral histories. The issue also features NASA’s summary of the mission and the official biography of Commander Carpenter. ‘Curation Paper Seven’ and all earlier ‘Curation Papers’ can be downloaded below.

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‘Curation Paper Number Six’ is a commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission, written by NMMSH Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. The story of this flight is told by two of the astronauts themselves, in their oral histories; the issue also has NASA’s summary of the mission. ‘Curation Paper Six’ along with all earlier ‘Curation Papers’ can be downloaded below.

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‘Curation Paper Number Five’ includes the last of four articles on military mishaps in the Tularosa Basin, ‘Oops, Once More,’ by Wayne Mattson, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.). Colonel Mattson passed away at his home in Alamogordo on February 3, 2012.

Also in ‘Curation Paper Number Five’ is the last in the five-part series on the early history of astronomy, ‘Astronomers before Telescopes,’ by NMMSH Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. In this issue is ‘The Triumph of Europe (c. 1500-1652).’ It details the triumph of the astronomical traditions of Western Europe prior to the widespread use of the telescope. There is also a discussion of the practice of astronomy without telescopes in Asia as late as the twentieth century. The series began with Curation Papers One, Two, Three, and Four.

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‘Curation Paper Number Four’ features the article ‘The Deep, Dark Roots of JPL’ by NMMSH Education Specialist Michael Shinabery.

Also in 'Curation Paper Number Four' is the latest in the series on the early history of astronomy, ‘Astronomers before Telescopes,’ by NMMSH Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. In this issue is ‘Copernicus, Ulugh Beg, and the Golden Age of Jewish Astronomy (1288-1575). It tells the story of astronomy during the era of the Renaissance.

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‘Curation Paper Number Three' features an article on the impact of NASA programs on daily life, “Figs in space!” From freeze-dried food to seat belts: 'NASA tech here on Earth’ by Stacie Pritchett. Stacie is a graduate student at New Mexico State University. She has been a writing tutor at NMSU in Alamogordo as well as volunteer at the NMMSH since 2010.

Also in ‘Curation Paper Number Three’ is the latest in the series on the early history of astronomy, ‘Astronomers before Telescopes,’ by NMMSH Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. In this issue is ‘The Not So Dark Ages: The rise of India and Islam (476-c. 1070).’ It tells the story of astronomy during the ‘Golden Ages’ of India and Islam, as well as the slow return of science to Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. Part of this article was originally published in The Space Journal Issue 12. The series began with ‘Curation Papers’ One and Two both which can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF links.

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The series began with Curation Papers One and Two both which can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF links.

‘Curation Paper Two', features 'Oops (Never Ending),’ a series by Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Wayne Mattson on military mishaps in the skies of the Tularosa Basin during the 1960’s. It also features an article of the series on the early history of astronomy, ‘Astronomers before Telescopes,’ by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. It can be downloaded here. The first installment of the series, ‘The Age of Giants’; is the history of the science of astronomy from ancient Egypt to the fall of the Roman Empire, and the end of China’s Classical Period, around the year AD 520. It was originally published, in a more limited form, as part of Issue 11 of the Space Journal.

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‘Curation Paper Number One, ’‘The Pen and the Sword’ is the history of the science of astronomy from the year 1000 to the beginning of the Renaissance in 1350. It is the third installment of the ‘Astronomers before Telescopes’ series by NMMSH Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. The series began with Issues 11 and 12 of the Space Journal. ‘Curation Paper Number One’ also has a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the flight of HAM, the first ‘Astrochimp.’

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IMAGE: Curation Paper Twelve Cover