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Friday July 8th, 2011

Museum E-Publishes Curation Paper Number Two

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce the e-publication of the second of a series of papers by the Curation Department, ‘Curation Paper Number Two.’ It features ‘Oops (Never Ending),’the latest in Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Wayne Mattson’s series on military mishaps in the skies of the Tularosa Basin during the 1960’s. This e-publication can be downloaded below.

In this ‘Curation Paper’ is the latest article of the series on the early history of astronomy, ‘Astronomers before Telescopes,’ by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. This installment, ‘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.

The next chapter in the series is ‘The Not So Dark Ages: The Rise of India and Islam (476- c.1070)’. It tells the story of astronomy during the Golden Age of both India and Islam, as well as the slow return of science to Western Europe after the Early Middle Ages. It will soon be e-published as ‘Curation Paper Number Three’, which will also include an article by museum volunteer Stacie Pritchett on the everyday role of some of the ‘spin-offs’ from NASA’s programs.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589.

PHOTO CUTLINE: The Little Joe II rocket, the largest ever launched in New Mexico, blasted off from White Sands Missile Range in 1964. Little Joe was part of the Apollo Program, read about it and other events in the skies over the Tularosa Basin in the early 1960’s in the New Mexico Museum of Space History's newly e-published ‘Curatorial Paper Number Two’.

‘Curation Paper Number Two’(Printable) (PDF) download.

IMAGE: The Little Joe II rocket, the largest ever launched in New Mexico, blasts off from White Sands Missile Range in 1964. Photo courtesy of NASA.