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Launch Pad Lecture: Around the World Times Three

The Flight of Friendship 7

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 12, 2017) – It was 2:20 am on Tuesday, February 20, 1962, when John Glenn rolled out of bed and got ready to step into the history books with the flight of Mercury-Atlas 6 and Friendship 7. Did you know that the name Friendship 7 was actually suggested by Glenn’s children? Or that the flight was delayed ten times before finally launching? On Friday, February 3, the monthly Launch Pad Lecture features Museum Educator Michael Shinabery who takes a closer look at Glenn. . . [ more ]

Monday January 23rd, 2017

Gene Cernan, American Astronaut and Hero, Passes at 82

1982 Inductee into the International Space Hall of Fame

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 17, 2017) – The staff of the New Mexico Museum of Space History express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Astronaut Gene Cernan. Cernan passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, following on-going health issues. He was 82 years old. Although Cernan earned several distinctions during his career at NASA, he is best known as the Commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon.

“The passing of Gene Cernan . . . [ more ]

Wednesday January 18th, 2017

Launch Pad Lecture: Some Gave All - The Apollo 1 Incident

Launch Pad Lecture January 6

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 15, 2016) - On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the American space program when Apollo astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee perished during a preflight test for Apollo 204, later named Apollo 1 in honor of the crew. Was it avoidable? How did it happen? How was the space program affected? Join Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll for the Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, January 6, as he examines the accident that took the lives of three astronauts. [ more ]

Friday December 16th, 2016

The Nation Grieves a Hero

John Glenn, War Hero, Astronaut, Senator, Passes at 95

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 8, 2016) – The last surviving member of the Mercury 7 astronauts, John Glenn, has passed away at 95. Glenn died at The Ohio State University Wesner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was surrounded by family and his wife of 73 years, Annie. According to the Columbus Dispatch, his body will lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse for a day and a public memorial service will be held at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium. He will be bur. . . [ more ]

Thursday December 8th, 2016

Where’s My Warp Drive?

Space Travel Without Rockets

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 26, 2016) In practically every episode of the television series Star Trek, Captain Kirk would say, “Warp speed, Mr. Sulu,” and off they would go through the universe faster than the speed of light. Will today’s technology ever catch up with them? It’s the 21st century and we still use rockets to get around the solar system, but somebody does have an idea for a warp drive. Join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling for the Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, No. . . [ more ]

Friday October 28th, 2016

Emmy Award Winning Special Effects Expert Attending Induction 2016

Panel Session Planned to Discuss Roddenberry Influence

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 14, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that Emmy Award winning special effects expert David Stipes will be attending the Induction ceremony for Gene Roddenberry on Saturday, November 12. Stipes is a special effects expert who has worked in the industry for more than fifty years, beginning in high school. His credits include Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Gallactica, Creepshow. . . [ more ]

Monday October 17th, 2016

Gene Roddenberry Chosen for Induction

Ceremony Coincides With Museum’s 40th Anniversary

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, September 29, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation are pleased to announce this year’s inductee into the Hall of Fame. One individual will join the ranks of such notables as Neil Armstrong, Walter Cronkite and Arthur C. Clarke.

On November 12, 2016, the New Mexico Museum of Space History will be inducting Mr. Gene Roddenberry into the International Space Hall of Fame.

“Mr. Rodden. . . [ more ]

Friday September 30th, 2016

To the Sun and Back in 15 Minutes:

Celebrating 70 Years of Observing the Sun from Space

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, September 28, 2016) - Did you know that as far back as the Babylonians, solar activity and events have been recorded, or that by 28 BC sunspot observations were regularly recorded by Chinese astronomers? The brightest object in our sky has always fascinated us, but it wasn’t until 1946 that we were able to get a little more up close and personal with observations.

That was the year that Dr. Richard Tousey of the Naval Research Laboratory flew. . . [ more ]

Thursday September 29th, 2016

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 Lecture: Great Balls of Gas: The Giant Planets.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9:00 AM on the Museum's first f. . . [ more ]

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016

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 Ground. The highlight of the cadets’ week was a trip to White Sands Missile Range to see a modern day version of that spectroscope being readied for. . . [ more ]

Tuesday July 26th, 2016

Launch Pad Lecture:From the Sea to the Stars

Naval Aviation

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 29, 2016) - Did you know that four of the original Mercury 7 astronauts were Naval Aviators? The Navy has played a crucial role in space exploration from the beginning, whether providing astronauts or recovering the astronauts after splashdown in the ocean. Learn more on Friday, July 1, at 9:00 AM, when Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll presents this month’s Launch Pad Lecture: From the Sea to the Stars: Naval Aviation.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public. . . [ more ]

Wednesday June 29th, 2016

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

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


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