Launch Pad Lecture: Goldilocks, Kiss Me
Looking for the Perfect Star
Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday February 6
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - G, K, and M are the magic letters in searching for stars that are not too hot, not too cold, but "just right" for incubating life outside our solar system. Oh Be a Fine Girl, Kiss Me is the trick, invented by pioneering female astronomer Annie Jump . . .
Museum Mourns Passing of Local Space Pioneer
Edward C. Dittmer Sr. Passes Away at 96
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - When Edward Chris Dittmer was born on September 24, 1918, very few people thought about man travelling to space and even fewer considered that Dittmer would play an important role in that effort.
Dittmer, who passed away on January 2, 2015 in Alamogordo, was instrumental in man’s early research into spac. . .
Putting Pluto in its Place
Largest Solar System Model Gets Tiniest Planet
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - A marker noting the orbit of Pluto on the Sunspot Solar System Model is now attached to a signpost at the Cloudcroft [New Mexico] Chamber of Commerce. With the Sun located at the National Solar Observatory, Neptune passing by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and Pluto passing through Cloudcroft, this fo. . .
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. . .
Space Science in New Mexico
Space Science in New Mexico. New Mexico, and specifically the Tularosa Basin, has been home to many space pioneers and developments that made space travel possible.
This gallery features a fuel injector from one of Robert Goddard's rockets and instruments from the German V-2 rockets tested at White Sands Missile Range. Of special interest are the training coveralls worn . . .
Icons of Exploration
Icons of Exploration showcases some of the Museum's most celebrated objects including a real "moon rock," rare replicas of the first man-made satellites, Sputnik and Explorer, and the Gargoyle, an early guided missile.
Visitors are introduced to themes and subjects that are revisited and developed throughout the museum.
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Rockets! This exhibit summarizes the historical development of rocketry, and honors many pioneers in the field. Significant artifacts fill the gallery. Don't miss the distinct sound signatures of different rocket engines. Push the buttons. . . and hear them. . . ROAR!
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