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Monday March 3rd, 2014

Launch Pad Lecture: Protecting Astronauts and Spaceships

Next Gen Home Security: Protecting Astronauts and Spaceships

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday March 7-Guest Speaker Announced

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Anyone who has seen the movie GRAVITY now knows that although space seems like a big empty void, in reality there’s a lot out there that’s potentially dangerous. Asteroids, orbiting debris, satellites, and even space dust could all be hazardous to astronauts and their craft. Did you know that New Mexico actually plays an important role in assuring their safety?

Special guest speaker Donald Henderson, Group Leader of the Hypervelocity Impact Test Facility at NASA White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, will present Next Gen Home Security: Protecting Astronauts and Spaceships at 9:00 am on the Museum’s first floor this Friday, March 7. The Hypervelocity facility is a key player in NASA’s studies to understand the effects of orbital debris on spacecraft and aid in the design of shields to protect spacecraft from impact damage.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. The next lecture will be on Friday, April 4, and the topic will be First in Space: Yuri Gagarin and 50 Years of Russian Spaceflight.

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 or visit the website at