New Mexico Museum of Space History Home Page
What's NewAboutSpace Hall of FameExhibitionsEventsPlanetarium EducationPlan a VisitGet Involved
Discover the cradle of America's Space Program
What's New

Museum’s Dome Theater To Close for Upgrades
Re-Opening July 1 With New Name, New Projector & New Movies! (Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 10, 2016) - In the early 1980’s, the New Mexico Museum of Space History proudly opened the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater & Planetarium – a state of the art facility and the only one of its kind for hundreds of miles. Named after the discoverer of the smallest planet, the the. . .
more »

 

Museum Featured in 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind
Lonely Planet’s New Book Showcases Museums Worldwide (Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 6, 2016) - Tucked in the pages between the National Rail Museum in the UK and the New York City Fire Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Space History was selected to join the exclusive and lofty ranks of Lonely Planet’s newest travel book 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind. Although the book itself . . .
more »

 

Mercury on the Move!
Free Public Viewing of Mercury Transit on May 9 (Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 2, 2016) - Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2006 on Monday, May 9, 2016. Transits of the planets are relatively rare and only those of Mercury and Venus are viewable from Earth. In fact, there are usually only about 13 transits of Mercury each century. The next Mercury transit will not . . .
more »

 
» more recent news
Featured Exhibit

Space Science in New Mexico
Space Science in New Mexico. New Mexico, and specifically the Tularosa Basin, has been home to many space pioneers and developments that made space travel possible. This gallery features a fuel injector from one of Robert Goddard's rockets and instruments from the German V-2 rockets tested at White Sands Missile Range. Of special interest are the training coveralls worn . . .
more »

 

Daisy Track (Outdoor Exhibit) & X-37
In operation from 1955 to 1985, the Daisy Decelerator (named after the Daisy Air Rifle) was an air-powered sled-track used to study the effects of acceleration, deceleration, and impact on the human body and various equipment systems. The Daisy Decelerator played a significant role in American history by supporting biological and mechanical research and testing for NASA's Mercury space flights. . .
more »

 

Icons of Exploration
Icons of Exploration showcases some of the Museum's most celebrated objects including a real "moon rock," rare replicas of the first man-made satellites, Sputnik and Explorer, and the Gargoyle, an early guided missile. Visitors are introduced to themes and subjects that are revisited and developed throughout the museum. . . .
more »

 

John P. Stapp Air & Space Park (Outdoor Exhibits)
Named after International Space Hall of Fame Inductee and aeromedical pioneer Dr. John P. Stapp, the Air and Space Park consists of large space-related artifacts documenting mankinds exploration of space. Examples of exhibits include the Sonic Wind I rocket sled ridden by Dr. Stapp and the Little Joe II rocket which tested the Apollo Launch Escape System. At 86 feet tall, Litt. . .
more »

 

» all current exhibitions
NM Space Trail Summer Camp 2016 Upcoming Lectures
IMAX Movies

Sunstruck
Funded by NASA and developed by the Michigan Science Center, this fulldome planetarium show take. . .

Live Planetarium Star Talk
Join our educators inside the dome for a trip through the universe. Learn about our solar system. . .

Events

Plan Your Visit

Open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving
9am-5pm.

Admission:
Adults $6.00
Children (3-12) $4.00
senior, military and combo discounts »
For Group Tour Information, call 575-437-2840 ext. 41132 or email MSH.Info@state.nm.us

Located at the top of Highway 2001
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Voice: (575) 437-2840
map and directions »

The Governors Commission is the group appointed by the Governor comprised of leaders in the scientific, education and political communities responsible for the oversight of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. In keeping with a desire to fulfill their duties as representatives of the public trust, this direct email link has been added to our site. All emails received will be directly forwarded, and distributed to the respective Commissioners. Please note your name and district of residence in your email. Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

  • Lisa Thomassie - Member, At-Large
  • Jill Gutierrez - Member, District 7
  • Jim Hayhoe - Member, At- Large
  • Dr. William Dettmer - Chairman, District 3
  • Michael Kelley - Vice Chair, District 7
  • Ed Brabson - Member, District VI
  • Jamai Blivin - Member, District II
  • Dr. Donald Elder, III - Member, District IV
  • Jacqueline S. Fryer - Member, District V

Contact the Commission at msh.commissioners@state.nm.us

BlueStar Museums

May 25th in Space History

    • 1961: President John F. Kennedy announces plans to send Americans to the Moon and back by 1969.
    • 1973: Skylab 2's first crew of three astronauts begins a 28–day stay.
    • 2008: NASA's Phoenix Rover lands on the planet Mars. It explores the surface of the planet for 151 days before running out of power. Among its discoveries is evidence for liquid water on Mars in the past and for ice there today.