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Monday March 18th, 2013

Now Taking Reservations For Homesteading Mars!

Museum Summer Camp Expands Programs

(Alamogordo, NM) Whether your young explorer dreams of landing on the red planet, searching for extraterrestrials, finding the ultimate home away from home in another galaxy or delving into the mysterious world of the dinosaur, the New Mexico Space Academy's summer camp program has just the right camp. Registration is underway for the state’s premier summer science camp for cadets entering grades kindergarten through 12th grade at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Camp begins the first week of June and continues through the last week of July, with new sessions starting each Monday.

With NASA's directive to send a mission to Mars, "Homesteading Mars" is a natural for fledgling astronauts. In this camp, cadets will design and build a habitat for the Mars community of New Jamestown. They'll learn what it takes to live in a remote, hostile environment and how to take care of life's necessities like oxygen, water, food and power.

Mars may be the first stepping stone for humankind, but the second could take us beyond our own solar system. In "Goldilocks Star", cadets will hunt for stars that might support life on other worlds. They'll start with our own star, the Sun, and learn how it supports life on Earth. Cadets will learn about the mysteries the Sun holds that will help explorers search for that all important other world. They will find out about Twin Earths, Super Earths, and even Eyeball Earth. Then they will launch a replica of the first spaceborne solar telescope and build a working model of a solar satellite.

What's more exciting than exploring new planets? Why, finding life there, of course. “Alien Hunters” is the search for extraterrestrial life and it starts right here on Earth. They’ll discover "bug-eyed monsters" living in our midst and how to detect them on other worlds. What happens if they find ET? They’ll need to talk to him, so cadets will get a lesson on communication skills that are out of this world!

A little closer to home, cadets explore what happened to the dinosaurs 65 million years ago in "Rex Rocket!" They'll investigate the secret lives of dinosaurs, and whether or not everything was a dinosaur back then. They'll learn about the anatomy of dinosaurs, and their friends, and uncover the disaster that buried hundreds of Coelophysis, now the New Mexico state fossil. Cadets will make their own deep impact with an asteroid catapult and tsunami simulator to see the risks that we still face. Last but certainly not least, they will design a mission to stop an asteroid headed for Earth.

It’s all about space at the New Mexico Space Academy summer camp programs. Register your cadet today! Download the registration form at or call 575-437-2840 ext. 41137.

The New Mexico Space Academy is the education department of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.