Thursday December 27th, 2012
Each year, the New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation present their Community Service Award to a member of the community, not a museum volunteer, who has worked on behalf of the Museum in an extraordinary way. On December 26, 2012, Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll presented this prestigious award to U.S. Air Force Major Joseph Page for his outstanding work on the New Mexico Space Trail book.
“Every January at the annual volunteer dinner we give out several awards to volunteers for their contributions over the previous year. We’re holding this event today because our recipient has been reassigned and won’t be here for the dinner,” said Orwoll. “This year we are honored to give the Community Service Award to Major Joe Page, late of the 4th Space Control Squadron at Holloman, for his work on the New Mexico Space Trail. His book will be out this spring, and he has generously given 100% of the royalties to the Museum’s Foundation.”
Upon accepting the award, Page said, “I received so much help from Museum staff when I was writing the Holloman Air Force Base book, that I wanted to give something back. When Museum Curator George House told me about the New Mexico Space Trail, I thought it would be a great project.” Page, who calls Las Cruces home, is moving on to his next duty station but promised to return to the Museum in mid-summer for a book signing.
The New Mexico Space Trail is a project that Museum staff have been working on for well over a decade. It currently identifies 52 sites across the state related to space research, exploration and development from archeoastronomy sites to Spaceport America. A map has been published and copies may be obtained at the Museum. A two and a half minute radio program is also aired daily on KRSY AM 1230, KRSY FM 92.7 and ESPN 103.7 FM.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589.