Launch Pad Lecture: Great Balls of Gas!
The Giant Planets
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 27, 2016) - Did you know that astronomers group the planets in our solar system into two categories? Does one of the giant planets actually have its own miniature solar system? Get the answers to those questions and more on Friday, August 5, at 9:00 AM, when Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll presents this month’s Launch Pad Lect. . .
Summer Camp Cadets Honor Pioneering Work Project Recreated Historic Spectroscope
Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 19, 2016) - Summer camp cadets at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Rocketeer Academy recently honored a pioneering mission that opened the exploration of the Sun from space. Cadets attending The Goldilocks Star session in July built simple models of the solar spectroscope flown in 1946 onboard a V-2 rocket launched from what was then White Sands Proving . . .
New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium Now Open
New Name, New Projector & New Movies!
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 11, 2016) - The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium, formerly the Tombaugh Theater, is now open to the public. Featuring the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium projection system, the theater is premiering one new giant screen film, two digital planetarium shows and a daily live st. . .
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 www.nmspacemuseum.org/halloffam. . .
John P. Stapp Air & Space Park (Outdoor Exhibits)
Named after International Space Hall of Fame Inductee and aeromedical pioneer Dr. John P. Stapp, the Air and Space Park consists of large space-related artifacts documenting mankinds exploration of space.
Examples of exhibits include the Sonic Wind I rocket sled ridden by Dr. Stapp and the Little Joe II rocket which tested the Apollo Launch Escape System.
At 86 feet tall, Litt. . .
Looking Out, Looking Back
Looking out, looking back. Before man could travel in space, satellites explored the unknown frontier, testing for possible fatal effects of space travel. Today satellites help to conserve and manage resources, and support the global positioning system, telecommunications, and national defense. This gallery tells the story of the remarkable technology of the satellite.
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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. . .