Governor’s Commission Meeting Scheduled

Regular Meeting of the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Governor’s Commission Friday, April 29, 2022   The Governor’s Commission to the New Mexico Museum of Space History will hold a regular quarterly meeting on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 1:00 pm. The meeting will be held in person at the Clyde W. Tombaugh Education

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GE employees: General Electric employees posing on a V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground (now White Sands Missile Range) in New Mexico. (Courtesy of White Sands Missile Range)

Home on the Range: From Ranches to Rockets

Launch Pad Lecture Slated for Friday, April 1 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 15, 2022) – At the turn of the 20th century, most of the arid land east of Las Cruces, New Mexico was ranch land. Cattle, sheep, and goat ranches filled the Tularosa Basin, the Oscuro Range, and the surrounding countryside. Most of these

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During Artemis I, Orion will venture thousands of miles beyond the moon during an approximately four to six-week mission. (Courtesy of NASA)

Three Steps to the Moon: The First Artemis Missions 

Launch Pad Lecture Slated for Friday, March 4 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 2, 2022) – Artemis 1 will be NASA’s first moon mission since Apollo. The uncrewed mission will take a multi-week journey to the moon and back to demonstrate that the Orion spacecraft is ready to carry astronauts, in preparation for the Artemis 2

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New Mexico native and Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot Edgar D. Mitchell describes the equipment that the Modular Equipment Transporter (MET) carried during the Apollo 14 spacewalk. (courtesy of NASA)

Back in the Saddle Again: The Flight of Apollo 14

Launch Pad Lecture Slated for Friday, February 4 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 28, 2022) – Apollo 14 was a mission of unusual things – from problems with the docking procedure that jeopardized the lunar landing, to the first round of golf on the surface of the moon – the third landing on the moon was

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The 1981 Max Mobile RRV. This caricature shows Faget as he readies for retirement in his “RRV” – Retirement, Recreation Vehicle – a combination of a space shuttle, motorboat, sail plane, and seaplane. Note the flag atop the mast. (courtesy of Maxime A. Faget Collection at the University of Houston-Clear Lake)

Rocket Man: Max Faget, The Ultimate Spacecraft Designer

Launch Pad Lecture Slated for Friday, January 7 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 27, 2021) – Exploring the incredible contributions of the boy who dreamed of being an engineer is the centerpiece of this month’s Launch Pad Lecture at the Museum of Space History. “Rocket Man: Max Faget, The Ultimate Spacecraft Designer,” presented by Museum Executive

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Dinosaurs of Antartica Producers, Deborah Raksany and Andy Wood, prepare a cryolophosaurus nest site. (courtesy Giant Screen Films)

New Horizons Theater Reopens with Film Premiere

Museum and Theater Return to Regular Hours (Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dec. 21, 2021) – The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium will re-open on Sunday, December 26, with the premiere of the new full dome film Dinosaurs of Antarctica. On the same day, the New Mexico Museum of Space History will return to regular operating

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PHOTO CUTLINE: The world’s first atomic bomb detonation at Trinity Site. Courtesy WSMR

Trinity Site Open House Changes Dates

2022 Dates Move to April 2 and October 15 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 14, 2021) – White Sands Missile Range has announced that the 2022 dates for the Trinity Site Open Houses have changed to April 2 and October 15. The International Space Hall of Fame Foundation (ISHFF) and New Mexico Museum of Space History

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Gene Roddenberry (top center) on the set of Star Trek. Credit Everett Collection.

Launch Pad Lectures Re-Launch November 5

Where No Man Has Gone Before: 55 Years of Star Trek (Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 28, 2021) – The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that its popular Launch Pad Lecture speaker series will resume on November 5th, after a hiatus of more than a year and a half due to

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Governor’s Commission Meeting Scheduled

Regular Meeting of the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Governor’s Commission Friday, October 29, 2021 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 18, 2021) – The Governor’s Commission to the New Mexico Museum of Space History will hold a regular quarterly meeting on Friday, October 29, 2021, at 1:00 pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom

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Space Museum Partners with Pizza 9

Restaurant to Host Science Saturdays (Alamogordo, New Mexico, August 12, 2021) – The New Mexico Museum of Space History pleased to announce a new partnership with Pizza 9 to bring the museum’s popular Science Saturday program for kids to the White Sands Mall beginning Saturday, August 14. Science Saturday is a monthly presentation by the

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Space Museum Garners Grant to Digitize 60s Era Space Films

More than a Dozen Films to be Digitized  (Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 11, 2021) – The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a “One Small Step” grant from the SPACE 3.0 Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The grant, which was applied for by Museum Curator Sue

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Reservations Open for October 2021 Trinity Site Tour

Museum to Host Motor Coach Tour (Alamogordo, New Mexico) – Reservations for the October 2021 Trinity Site motor coach tour, hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, began on April 20 through the museum’s website and almost immediately filled the six reserved coaches. Reservations are now

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Museum of Space History Celebrates Apollo

Museum of Space History Celebrates Apollo

Free Events Scheduled for Saturday, July 20th (Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 12, 2019) – At the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, the celebration of Apollo has been a year-long event. From Launch Pad Lectures and Apollo themed summer camp classes, to manned space flight exhibits and the new giant screen film Apollo

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Stargazing Takes Center Stage!

Great Southwest Star Party Scheduled for May 31-June 2 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 25, 2019) – The first Great Southwest Star Party is slated to be held May 31-June 2, 2019, at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. The three-day event will feature night sky viewing parties, museum and area tours, workshops,

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Welcome Home Gordodon!

Museums Collaborate to Bring Ancient Reptile Fossil Back to Alamogordo (Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 14, 2019) – Gordodon, a history-changing ancient plant-eating reptile discovered near Alamogordo six years ago, will be making its return home on Friday, March 22, where a welcome reception will be held at the New Mexico Museum of Space History at

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New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Offering Free Admission to Furloughed Employees and Their Families

(Santa Fe) – New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites are offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their families during the government shutdown. “New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs is opening doors at all of our facilities to furloughed federal government workers and their families,” said Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) cabinet secretary,

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A Telescope for Christmas

Simple Rules for Buying a Telescope as a Gift (Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 10, 2018) – Well, it’s happened. Your bright and curious child has asked for a telescope for Christmas. Your first impulse will be to Google your favorite internet retailer and buy the first thing that looks reasonable. That might work out, but

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American Hero Astronaut John Young Passes Away

International Space Hall of Fame Inductee was 87 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 6, 2018) – The only man to fly on Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions has passed away at 87 from complications of pneumonia. John W. Young is being hailed by fellow astronauts as the “astronauts’ astronaut” and former President George H.W. Bush

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International Space Hall of Fame Inductee Passes Away

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, November 8, 2017) – Astronaut Richard F. “Dick” Gordon passed away at his home in San Marcos, California, on Monday, November 6. The Gemini and Apollo veteran was 88 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, who passed away in September 2017. His first wife Barbara died in

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