Celebrating Gold: 50 Years of Women in Space
Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday December 6
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Most people know that over the past few years, the world has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first man in space (Yuri Gagarin), the first American man in space (Alan Shepard), and the first American man to orbit the earth (John Glenn), but many people don’t know that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the first woman in space – Valentina Tereshkova. On June 16,. . . [ more ]
Monday December 2nd, 2013
Out With the Old Doors, In With the New
Museum to Close Temporarily For Door Installation
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and Tombaugh IMAX Theater will temporarily close for installation of new front doors at the Museum on Monday, January 13, 2014. The door replacement is part of ongoing renovations at the facility.
For current information, please call the number below or visit the museum website.
The New Mexico Museum of Space His. . . [ more ]
Monday December 2nd, 2013
Museum Kicks Off Holiday Food Drive
Theater Offers Free Multimedia Show
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is holding a holiday canned food drive through November 23. As part of that, the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Theater will offer free admission to the multi-media show “9 Planets and Counting” at 1:00 on Saturday November 9, 16, and 23, for a donation of three cans of food or other non-perishable food items.
Museum Executive Director Chris . . . [ more ]
Thursday November 7th, 2013
Free Museum Admission for Veterans
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Veterans, active duty service members, and National Guard personnel are invited to attend the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Admission for those personnel will be free of charge.
Veterans are asked to provide proof of service with a Form DD-214 or a veteran’s identification card. Active duty service members, and National Guard personnel will need to show a military ID card for their free admission to the. . . [ more ]
Thursday November 7th, 2013
Museum Announces New Lecture Series
Launch Pad Lectures Begin Friday, November 1
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll will discuss the past, present and future of the museum on Friday, November 1, as the introductory speaker for the museum’s new Launch Pad Lecture Series. Orwoll plans to answer such questions as: “Why was the museum built here in the first place?”, “Does the ghost of Ham really wander the halls?”, a. . . [ more ]
Tuesday October 29th, 2013
New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting
October 25, 2013
Hubbard Space Science Education Building.
NM Museum of Space History
The Mission of the New Mexico Museum of Space History Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support to the Director of the Museum in the maintenance and operation of the Museum and all of its activities.
- Call To Order
- Action: Approve age. . . [ more ]
Tuesday October 22nd, 2013
One of the Original Seven Mercury Astronauts Dies at 88
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Malcolm Scott "Buddy" Carpenter, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, died this morning at the age of 88. Carpenter passed away at a hospice in Denver, Colorado, from complications of a stroke he suffered last month. His death leaves John Glenn as the last surviving member of the original Mercury Seven.
On April 9, 1959, Carpenter was selected as one of seven Mercury astronauts, NASA's first astronaut group, and flew the second Americ. . . [ more ]
Thursday October 10th, 2013
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater will re-open to the public at 9:00 am on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The facilities had been temporarily closed due to a technical issue with the fire alarm and suppression system. Those systems have been repaired and are functioning correctly.
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 or visit the webs. . . [ more ]
Wednesday September 11th, 2013
Museum and Theater Closed Temporarily
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater are temporarily closed due to a technical issue with the fire alarm and suppression system at the facilities. The Museum and Theater closed to the public at 2:05 pm on Tuesday, September 10, and are anticipated to reopen within 24 hours.
Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll said, “The fire alarm systems for the Museum and Theater are currently not functioning due to a comp. . . [ more ]
Tuesday September 10th, 2013
Event Marks 12th Anniversary
Alamogordo, NM - The Otero County Fire Fighters Association will hold their annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. The ceremony will be held in the Museum’s upper parking lot or, in the case of inclement weather, on the Museum’s patio.
The ceremony begins at 6:30 pm with a parade of fire apparatus from the Otero County Fairgrounds up Indian Wells Road to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Once at th. . . [ more ]
Monday September 9th, 2013
Astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton Died August 21, 2013
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton died Wednesday, August 21, in Lancaster, California. He was 76 years old. His career as a U.S. astronaut and Air Force and NASA test pilot lasted almost 50 years.
As a member of NASA’s astronaut corps, Fullerton served as a support crew member for Apollo lunar missions 14, 15, 16, and 17. Fullerton piloted STS-3 Space Shuttle Columbia that landed at Northrup Strip, now White Sands Space Harbor, on White Sands Miss. . . [ more ]
Thursday August 22nd, 2013
More Than 6500 Shots Will Light Up The Sky
Alamogordo, New Mexico - The annual City of Alamogordo July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, scheduled for Thursday, July 4th, is slated to be the largest fireworks show ever produced for this event. More than 6500 individual shots will be fired, an increase of about twenty percent over last year.
"It is very likely that this will be the largest fireworks show in the state," said New Mexico Museum of Space History Director Chris Orwoll. "The last three years, our show h. . . [ more ]
Wednesday June 26th, 2013
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) and the New Mexico Museum of Space History are honored to announce that the members of the original Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) Team will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) on the evening of Saturday, August 17, 2013.
The DC-X Team will be the first group ever inducted into the ISHF. Every member of the DC-X team displayed the qualities required to be an inductee: imagination, achievement, and the dedication to further advance ma. . . [ more ]
Friday June 14th, 2013
History Channel To Air Episode This Wednesday
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - For months, staff at the New Mexico Museum of Space History was sworn to secrecy and, to their credit, not a word was spoken. But now, the truth can come out. The producers of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy shot several segments featuring the museum and staff members last December. The segment, entitled Larry Gets Lost In Space, will air on the History Channel this Wednesday May 22 at 7:00 pm (MST).
Why all the secrecy? The. . . [ more ]
Tuesday May 21st, 2013
Santa Fe, NM - As part of the national Blue Star Museums Program, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs' 15 state-run museums and historic sites will once again offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.
"In appreciation of the service and dedication of the men and women of our military, it is an honor to offer free admission to our fine state museums and historic sites this summer" said Governor Susana Martinez. "I encourage all New Mexico's active-duty m. . . [ more ]
Monday May 20th, 2013
Spaceport America, International Space Hall of Fame Induction Highlight Activities
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that it will host the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) First Flight + 20 Anniversary and Spaceplane Conference on August 16, 17 & 18, 2013 at Spaceport America, NM, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic and New Mexico State University-Alamogordo are co-hosting the event.
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Thursday May 2nd, 2013
Nature's Power is Revealed in the New Giant Screen Film Opening in Alamogordo April 6
ALAMOGORDO, NM - Tornado season is fast approaching in the region of America's heartland known as "the severe weather capital of the world"—and on April 6, 2012, Tornado Alley, an explosive new film narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), will bring nature's most dramatic weather phenomena to the Clyde W. Tombaugh Giant Screen Theater on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
Widely considered the . . . [ more ]
Monday April 1st, 2013
Museum Summer Camp Expands Programs
(Alamogordo, NM) Whether your young explorer dreams of landing on the red planet, searching for extraterrestrials, finding the ultimate home away from home in another galaxy or delving into the mysterious world of the dinosaur, the New Mexico Space Academy's summer camp program has just the right camp. Registration is underway for the state’s premier summer science camp for cadets entering grades kindergarten through 12th grade at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Camp begins the fi. . . [ more ]
Monday March 18th, 2013
(ALAMOGORDO, NM) At the New Mexico Museum of Space History, every person through the door has been counted and recounted over the past two weeks as staff anticipated welcoming the facility's five millionth visitor. Today, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, that person walked through the door.
"Every visitor to our museum is special, but today one became just a little more special. Our Five Millionth visitor walked through the door and was welcomed by our outstanding front desk staff at exactly 12:15 pm," said Museum Executive Director Ch. . . [ more ]
Wednesday March 6th, 2013
March 1st Now Annual Free Day For New Mexico Residents
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) — The New Mexico Museum of Space History will announce on March 1, 2013, at 12 p.m. that it has been chosen to become a Smithsonian Affiliate. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum of Space History is the first within the department to receive this honor.
The Museum will accept shipment of an Apollo Boilerplate Command Module, the first artifact to arrive as part of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. . . [ more ]
Friday March 1st, 2013
Apollo Boilerplate Command Module First of Expected New Exhibits
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is the first museum within the state system to become a Smithsonian Affiliate. An Apollo Boilerplate Command Module, the first artifact to arrive as part of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, is scheduled to be delivered to the museum at noon on Friday, March 1, 2013 (weather and road conditions permitting). The official announcemen. . . [ more ]
Thursday February 28th, 2013
IMAX Hours Change - Museum Campus to Close at 5:00 pm
One of the most important jobs that museum staff has is that of artifact preservation. At facilities like the New Mexico Museum of Space History that is sometimes a tall order. “Our artifact collection ranges from pictures and papers to rocket engines and full size spacecraft. Everyone who has been to the museum realizes how important it is, for instance, to protect our moonrock. Most don’t realize that it’s equally as important to protect and preserve our larger art. . . [ more ]
Friday August 31st, 2012