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New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium to Open July 1

New Name, New Projector & New Movies!

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 20, 2016) - The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium, formerly the Tombaugh Theater, will open to the public on Friday, July 1. Featuring the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium projection system, the theater will premier one new giant screen film, two digital planetarium shows and a daily live star show.

The grand “re-opening” of the theater heralds not only a brand new projector system, but a new name for it and the . . . [ more ]

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

Museum Members Gain Early Entry

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 14, 2016) - The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a community tradition for 38 years, is scheduled for Monday, July 4th. The show is one of the largest in the state. Museum members have the opportunity to tailgate in the museum’s parking lot and enjoy live music along with the fireworks show.

“The Fireworks Extravaganza is a tribute to our community and the pride that we have in our country,” said New Mexico Museum of Space Hi. . . [ more ]

Friday June 17th, 2016

Museum’s Dome Theater To Close for Upgrades

Re-Opening July 1 With New Name, New Projector & New Movies!

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 10, 2016) - In the early 1980’s, the New Mexico Museum of Space History proudly opened the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater & Planetarium – a state of the art facility and the only one of its kind for hundreds of miles. Named after the discoverer of the smallest planet, the theater boasted one of the smallest domes in the world with eye-popping clarity and an up close and personal experience enhanced by futuristic surround s. . . [ more ]

Monday May 16th, 2016

Museum Featured in 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind

Lonely Planet’s New Book Showcases Museums Worldwide

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 6, 2016) - Tucked in the pages between the National Rail Museum in the UK and the New York City Fire Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Space History was selected to join the exclusive and lofty ranks of Lonely Planet’s newest travel book 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind. Although the book itself is relatively small, many of the museums inside are giants – from the Acropolis Museum in Greece and the Smithsonian Institute to Norway’s Viking . . . [ more ]

Monday May 9th, 2016

Mercury on the Move!

Free Public Viewing of Mercury Transit on May 9

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 2, 2016) - Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2006 on Monday, May 9, 2016. Transits of the planets are relatively rare and only those of Mercury and Venus are viewable from Earth. In fact, there are usually only about 13 transits of Mercury each century. The next Mercury transit will not occur until November 11, 2019.

The Mercury transit is not visible to the naked eye. The Amateur Astronomers Group will have an assortment of . . . [ more ]

Monday May 9th, 2016

German Astronaut Thomas Reiter to be Inducted

International Space Hall of Fame Ceremony Planned for April 16

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 4, 2016) - German Astronaut Thomas Reiter (Brigadier General, Ret., GAF) will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The Induction Ceremony and Luncheon will be held on the museum first floor beginning at 11:30 am. Reception immediately following after at approximately 2:00pm. Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Marketing Department.

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Monday April 11th, 2016

Update on European Space Agency Plans Scheduled for Induction Ceremony

ESA Director of Human Spaceflight to Present Agency Plans

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 8, 2016) - Thomas Reiter, German Astronaut and retired Brigadier General with the German Air Force, is now the Director of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations. He is responsible for managing European contributions to the ISS, overseeing human spaceflight activities for the Agency, the Space Situational Awareness Programs and operations of ESA satellite missions, along with coordinating the evolu. . . [ more ]

Monday April 11th, 2016

Warehouse 1402: Behind the Scenes Tour

Primates and the Space Program – the Holloman Connection

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 21, 2016) - Across the tracks and behind the chamber of commerce, near the old sawmill, is a very large metal building that most people probably never notice. Those who’ve been in Alamogordo for a long time remember it as the old Stanley Hardware. About 25 years ago, the International Space Hall of Fame purchased the building and donated it to the Museum of Space History. Today the often overlooked facility is the museum’s “support cen. . . [ more ]

Wednesday March 23rd, 2016

Now Boarding for Trinity Site

Museum Offers Motorcoach Tour to Trinity Site April 2

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 2, 2016) - The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, at Trinity Site, in New Mexico on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range. In recognition of the event, Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the first Saturday in October.

As part of their 40th Anniversary celebration, the New Mexico Museum of Space History is hosting a motorcoach tour to Tri. . . [ more ]

Thursday March 3rd, 2016

Museum Celebrates 40 Years

Anniversary Events Kick-Off March 1

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 24, 2016) - On October 5, 1976, the International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) opened its doors to the public. The brainchild of then Alamogordo Mayor Dwight Ohlinger, the project to create the ISHF enjoyed massive public support from the community, the state, and organizations from across the globe. The opening was marked with much fanfare, including several days of activities that featured an International Academy of Astronautics conference, a parade, rocket lau. . . [ more ]

Friday February 26th, 2016

Input/Output:

What Goes In, Must Come Out!

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday March 4

(Alamogordo, NM, February 26, 2016) – At the New Mexico Museum of Space History, one little exhibit on floor 4B probably gets more interest, and more snickers, than almost any other exhibit. It’s a mockup of a Skylab Toilet and everybody wants to know how they do “that” in space. The Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, March 4, Input/Output: What Goes In Must Come Out by Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll, gives the inside scoop on eating a. . . [ more ]

Friday February 26th, 2016

First 4K Laser Planetarium Projection System Comes To Alamogordo

Installation of New Projection System Slated for Mid-May

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 15, 2016) - The Tombaugh Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History is set to be the first theater in the world to install the Spitz SciDome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium system, replacing two antiquated analog-era projectors in the theater.

“In 1983, the Tombaugh Theater was top of the line and amazed our visitors. Today, it’s very exciting to say that we are bringing our guests a projection system that is literally out . . . [ more ]

Monday February 15th, 2016

New Mexico Hero Mourned

Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Passes Away at 85

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 5, 2016) - The last surviving member of the Apollo 14 crew, Astronaut Edgar Dean Mitchell, passed away February 4, at 9:30 pm, in West Palm Beach from a sudden illness.

Although Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas, he always considered Artesia, New Mexico, his home because he spent most of his childhood there. A 1948 graduate of Artesia High School, the Navy veteran also held degrees in Industrial Management, Aeronautical Engineering, . . . [ more ]

Friday February 5th, 2016

Educators Honored by Legislature

Shinabery and Killebrew Receive Special Recognition

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 4, 2016) - New Mexico Museum of Space History Educator Michael Shinabery and New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired science teacher Jeffrey Killebrew were honored with a special proclamation of congratulations by the New Mexico House of Representatives on February 1, 2016, in recognition of their work with NASA’s SOFIA program.

Shinabery and Killebrew were the first New Mexicans to be chosen to fly on SOFIA (Stratospheric. . . [ more ]

Thursday February 4th, 2016

Museum Hosts Teacher Open House

Teachers and Their Families Get in Free on February 20

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 28, 2016) - A digital star show, an Alien Autopsy, and Twisted Weather are on tap for the Teacher’s Open House at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on Feb. 20, 2016. Teachers and their families will have free access to the Museum and the Tombaugh Theater all day (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) as the museum education staff show off their new portable planetarium system, STEM based education programs, and much more.

“Museum sta. . . [ more ]

Monday February 1st, 2016

Getting Men to the Moon: Behind the Scenes Stories with Special Guest Speaker Loretta Hall

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday February 5

(Alamogordo, NM, January 28, 2016) - Nearly half a century ago, the world watched in awe as seven Apollo missions over a four-year period took twenty-one men to the moon and back. Twelve of those men landed on the moon, explored it, and brought back samples of rocks and dirt. April 11-17, 2015, marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, in which an explosion aboard the spacecraft nearly doomed three astronauts. January 31, 2016, marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the la. . . [ more ]

Monday February 1st, 2016

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Museum Governor’s Commission to Meet January 29

(Alamogordo, New Mexico January 20, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History Governor’s Commission will hold a regular quarterly meeting Friday, January 29, 2016, at 1:00 in the Udall Building at 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. The agenda for this meeting is available by contacting the museum, by visiting the museum website, or at the Department of Cultural Affairs in Santa Fe.

The mission of the NMMSH Governor’s Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support. . . [ more ]

Wednesday January 20th, 2016

January 29 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

January 29, 2016
Udall Building (Center for Museums' Resources)
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
1:00 PM

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.

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Action: Approve agenda for . . . [ more ]

Wednesday January 20th, 2016

Launch Pad Lecture Special Presentation

Seeing the Invisible Universe: Exploring With SOFIA

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday January 8

(Alamogordo, NM, December 17, 2015) - In March of 2015, Museum Educator Michael Shinabery and New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired science educator Jeff Killebrew were chosen as the first New Mexicans to participate in NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. As Ambassadors, the two joined 26 other selectees who participated with professional astronomers conducting science flights aboar. . . [ more ]

Friday December 18th, 2015

Summer Camp 2016 Registration Open

Museum Announces Online Registration and New Layaway Plan

(Alamogordo, NM, Dec. 10, 2015) - Registration for the Space History Museum’s Rocketeer Academy Summer Camp 2016 is now open and features new online registration and a budget friendly layaway plan. “We are very pleased to announce our new online registration for summer camp aimed at streamlining the process for families and staff alike,” said museum education director Dave Dooling. In addition, the Academy is offering a layaway plan that allows summer camp tuition . . . [ more ]

Monday December 14th, 2015

From Renegade Doctor to the Fastest Man Alive

Sonic Wind – Meet the Man Behind the New Book

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - On a cold December day in 1954, Dr. John Paul Stapp rode into the history books at 632 miles per hour aboard the Sonic Wind 1 at Holloman Air Force Base’s High Speed Test Track. He was an instant international sensation, gracing magazine covers, newspaper front pages, and even thrilling viewers on This is Your Life. He used his celebrity status to push the cause he felt most passionately about – improving automobile safety, particularly seat be. . . [ more ]

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

October 3, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

October 3, 2015
NM Museum of Space History
IMAX Building
Alamogordo, NM
1:00 PM

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.

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Action: Approve agenda for the October 3, 2015 . . . [ more ]

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

Museum Governor’s Commission to Meet October 3

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History Governor’s Commission will hold a regular quarterly meeting Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1:00 in the front classroom at the IMAX theater on the campus of the museum. The agenda for this meeting is available by contacting the museum, by visiting the museum website, or at the Department of Cultural Affairs in Santa Fe.

The mission of the NMMSH Governor’s Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support to the Director of the Museum in the maintenance and operation o. . . [ more ]

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

REVISION: Launch Pad Lecture Change So Many Telescopes:

Astronomers Have FITS!
Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday, August 7

Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Hubble, Dunn, VLA, Apache Point, Palomar, Keck ... Why do astronomers need so many different telescopes? And why do they have FITS? This Friday, August 7, join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling to see how the universe is a symphony of electromagnetic radiation and peek at, and through, the many eyes and ears that let us enjoy the composition.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and starts at 9:00 am on the first flo. . . [ more ]

Wednesday August 5th, 2015

Museum Educator Chosen as NASA’s MAVEN Ambassador

Patrick Devine Picked to Attend Program

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Patrick Devine, Education Specialist at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, is one of thirty educators nationwide to be chosen by NASA to become a MAVEN Education Ambassador. In its third and last year, the project goal is to train a select group of educators on fundamental space science topics and to inspire them to in turn train teachers in their communities. The focus is on magnetism and spectroscopy for middle and high school students.

NASA’s MAVE. . . [ more ]

Friday July 24th, 2015