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New Mexico Space Journal

The New Mexico Space Journal, official publication of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, highlights the people and events that have propelled mankind into space. Issues are available with a Museum membership, at the Museum Gift Shop, other retail venues throughout New Mexico, or by mail.

  • Space Journal Vol. 12, Winter 2010

    "Astronomers Before Telescopes", The Not So Dark Ages: The Rise of India and Islam
    The New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH) has published Issue 12 of the museum’s magazine, The New Mexico Space Journal. Issue 12 features the second installment in the five-part series on the history of early astronomy, ‘Astronomers Before Telescopes,’ written by Jim Mayberry, NMMSH Assistant Curator. This chapter, entitled ‘The Not So Dark Ages: The Rise of India and Islam, AD 476-c.1070’ details the evolution of the science of astronomy in the Early Middle Ages. Although the period saw great declines in Western European culture, astronomy reached new heights in contemporary India, China, and most of all among the Muslims who conquered much of the Old World during this time. Accompanying the article is a glossary of terms, a discussion of ‘Period Astronomers in Popular Culture,’ and other items related to this era in astronomy. Issue 12 also continues the on-going series of articles describing military mishaps in the Tularosa Basin by Wayne O. Mattson, (USAF Lt. Col., Ret.). The current article ‘Oops (Again)’ and recounts incidents in the area from 1960 to 1963.

  • Space Journal No. 11, Fall 2009

    "Astronomers Before Telescopes"
    The New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH) is pleased to announce the publication of Issue 11 of its magazine, The New Mexico Space Journal after a hiatus of more than two years. Issue 11 continues the series detailing military mishaps in the Tularosa Basin by Wayne O. Mattson, (USAF Col., Ret.) with his article ‘Boom!’ which recounts incidents in the area from 1954 to 1959. Also in Issue 11 is the first in a five-part series on the early history of astronomy ‘Astronomers Before Telescopes,’ written by Jim Mayberry, NMMSH Assistant Curator. This first installment, entitled ‘Age of Giants,’ examines the growth of astronomy from its beginnings in ancient Egypt and Sumer to the fall of the Roman Empire in AD 476. Accompanying the article is a glossary of terms, a discussion of ‘Early Astronomers in Popular Culture,’ and several other items related to the birth of astronomy.

  • Space Journal No. 10, Summer 2007

    "OOPS! Military Mishaps in the Tularosa Basin"
    Explores events occurring in the local region from 1942 through 1954 (subsequent events to be covered in a future issue.) Newly-diversified publication content also includes timely information regarding Museum events, exhibits, and education... and even a puzzle page for our younger readers!

  • Space Journal No. 9, May 2006

    "Astronomy: The Window to the Universe"
    Explore all the wonders our cosmos has to offer! "Nature's Grand Pageant" presents an introduction to the science of astronomy. Next, examine "The Cultural Heritage of Space, the Moon, and Other Celestial Bodies." Finally, get acquainted with "Meteorites: The Aliens Among Us." Complete with a Glossary of Astronomical Terms and a plethora of stunning astronomical photography, this issue is a tribute to the science & wonder of Astronomy.

  • Space Journal SPECIAL EDITION, October 2005

    "Countdown to the X PRIZE Cup...New Mexico's Next Chapter in Space Travel"
    Throughout history, competition has spurred people to develop new technologies. The New-Mexico-based X PRIZE CUP competition promises to jump-start the private space industry. This issue discusses the history and continuing development of the X PRIZE -- as an organization and a competition.

    Next, explore the Space Trail! "New Mexico's Contributions to Space Exploration" examines several sites throughout the state; each has played a key role in developing space technologies.

  • Space Journal No. 8, June 2005

    From Sonic Wind to Stealth Fighters: The History of Holloman Air Force Base
    Explore the fascinating sixty-three-year history of Holloman Air Force Base. Located in the Tularosa Basin near Alamogordo, the installation's mission has evolved with the times: from planned British air-training base, to a missile & space research hub, to its current role as a premier combat organization. . . Today, Holloman Air Force Base continues its long history of historic accomplishments.

  • Space Journal No. 7, December 2004

    Fastest Man on Earth, Pioneer of Aerospace Medicine, and Maverick of the Tularosa Basin: The Life and Accomplishments of Dr. John Paul Stapp
    U.S. Air Force Col. (Dr.) John P. Stapp was born on July 11, 1910 in Bahia, Brazil. He began his career as a general duty medical officer but eventually became a leader in Aerospace Medicine. Stapp earned the title "The Fastest Man on Earth" when he rode the famed "Sonic Wind I" rocket-propelled sled on December 10, 1954 to a land record speed of 632 mph in 5 seconds. During his career he worked on such groundbreaking projects as "Sonic Wind," "Daisy Track," and "Man-High." Throughout his life, Col. Stapp contributed immeasurably to the advancement of aerospace safety and medical technology. He died in his home in Alamogordo, NM on Nov. 13, 1999.

  • Space Journal No. 6, May 2004

    Journey to the Threshold of Space: A History of High-Altitude Ballooning
    Every year the skies of New Mexico fill with colorful hot air balloons gracefully flying in the stillness of the crisp, early fall mornings. The Land of Enchantment since the early 1970s has become known as a haven for balloon enthusiasts, thanks in large part to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta held each October. In addition, down south near Alamogordo, every September since 1991 the White Sands Balloon Invitational has provided the exquisite and unique White Sands National Monument as its backdrop. Over the past several decades, recreational ballooning has become more popular throughout the world, with distance races and attempts to circumnavigate the world being extensively covered by the news media.

  • Space Journal No. 5, May 2003

    Science Fiction to Science Fact: Buck Rogers comes of age.
    Seventy-five years ago in August of 1928, Buck Rogers, the world's first space hero, was born, appearing in the pulp magazine, Amazing Stories. Five months later, he entered the public consciousness on a grand scale when he appeared in a comic strip, on the radio in a regular series, and then movie and television serials. Until 1967 he contended with alien invasions, rocket ships, and space voyages to the Moon, Mars, Venus, and other planets. The adventures of Buck Rodgers stimulated the imagination of the youth of the time who later became the rocket engineers and space scientists of the 60s and 70s.

  • Space Journal No. 4, November 2002
    On a Sea of Sand
    The History of the U.S. Navy is strengthened by long years of work done in New Mexico by men of the "USS Desert Ship."

  • Space Journal No. 3, March 2002
    Port of Entry
    An in-depth look at the history of White Sands Space Harbor - the old Northrup Strip re-imagined.

  • Space Journal No. 2, October 2001
    Dream and Destiny
    Commemorating those men and women inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame who turned dreams into the reality of space exploration.

  • Space Journal No. 1, June 2001

    An exploration of the development and eventual use of the German V-2 rocket as both a weapon of war and the first key to America's conquest of space.