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Historical Research Program

The New Mexico Museum of Space History's mission is to educate the people of New Mexico (and our visitors from around the world) in the history, science, and technology of space; to honor the efforts of those who have advanced our understanding of the universe; and to collect, research, and preserve objects and documents related to this mission. This is accomplished, in part, through the museum's Historical Research Program. (Proper research is crucial to understanding the objects and historical records the museum collects, and is necessary for producing informative exhibits and meaningful education programs.)


Through dissemination of information via scholarly research; collections-oriented research; its oral/video history project to document the first-hand recollections of individuals directly involved in the space program; documentation of New Mexico's space-related historical sites project; and its active acquisition of archival materials for its "aerospace research collection," library, and reference files, the New Mexico Museum of Space History is meeting its mandate to conduct primary and secondary historical research in the interpretation and documentation of space exploration, for the benefit of its constituents and clientele, and for the sake of posterity.