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REVISION: Launch Pad Lecture Change So Many Telescopes:

Astronomers Have FITS!
Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday, August 7

Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Hubble, Dunn, VLA, Apache Point, Palomar, Keck ... Why do astronomers need so many different telescopes? And why do they have FITS? This Friday, August 7, join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling to see how the universe is a symphony of electromagnetic radiation and peek at, and through, the many eyes and ears that let us enjoy the composition.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and starts at 9:00 am on the first flo. . . [ more ]

Wednesday August 5th, 2015

Museum Educator Chosen as NASA’s MAVEN Ambassador

Patrick Devine Picked to Attend Program

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Patrick Devine, Education Specialist at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, is one of thirty educators nationwide to be chosen by NASA to become a MAVEN Education Ambassador. In its third and last year, the project goal is to train a select group of educators on fundamental space science topics and to inspire them to in turn train teachers in their communities. The focus is on magnetism and spectroscopy for middle and high school students.

NASA’s MAVE. . . [ more ]

Friday July 24th, 2015

Drive-In Film Fest at Museum!

Aliens Try To Conquer New Mexico on August 1

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Aliens from Mars! Creatures from the past - and the future! And people who changed the world. See them all this summer during the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Summer Drive-In Film Fest. The Drive-In Film Fest will be held on Saturday night August 1, 15, and 29, and Sept. 12 and 19. The Film Fest leads up to Induction 2015, which is scheduled for October 3.

Scheduled for August 1 is Cowboys and Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and. . . [ more ]

Friday July 24th, 2015

A Blast From The Past!

Drive-In Film Fest at Museum of Space History

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Aliens from Mars! Creatures from the past - and the future! And people who changed the world. See them all this summer during the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Summer Drive-In Film Fest. The Drive-In Film Fest will be held on Saturday night July 18, August 1, 15, and 29, and Sept. 12 and 19. The Film Fest leads up to Induction 2015, which is scheduled for October 3.

“A drive in film fest seemed like a fun and exciting way to build up to the. . . [ more ]

Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Inductee Class of 2015 Announced

Five to join International Space Hall of Fame

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - On July 4, 2015, New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll announced the names of the International Space Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2015. The announcement came moments before the City of Alamogordo’s annual Fireworks Extravaganza delighted thousands across the basin with what is being hailed as the “best show in years.”

“It was a privilege to announce the names of such a prestigious class, people whose vision inspi. . . [ more ]

Friday July 10th, 2015

Alamogordo Declares Pluto A Planet!

Tombaugh Theater to Feature Special Presentations

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - In honor of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto on July 14, Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea will proclaim Pluto to be a planet on Tuesday, July 14, at the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The New Mexico Legislature made the same declaration in 2007, shortly after Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet. Mayor Galea will read the proclamation at 11:00 am in conjunction with NASA’s celebration of the New. . . [ more ]

Thursday July 9th, 2015

Helping Kids Go To Camp!

Dr. John Paul Stapp Scholarships Now Available

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The International Space Hall of Fame Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for the Dr. John Paul Stapp Scholarships program are now being accepted for Rocketeer Academy’s summer camp program at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Six scholarships through the program are currently available, each covers half the tuition for the designated programs. Two (2) scholarships are designated for the Mercury full day program (entering gra. . . [ more ]

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

April 24, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

April 24, 2015
Hubbard Space Science Education Building
NM Museum of Space History
Alamogordo, NM
1:00 PM

The Mission of the New Mexico Museum of Space History Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support to the Director of the Museum in the maintenance and operation of the Museum and all of its activities.

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Action: Approve agenda. . . [ more ]

Tuesday April 21st, 2015

Rocketeer Academy Takes Flight

Send Your Kids to Space This Summer!

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - It’s an all new Rocketeer Academy summer camp at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. This summer’s adventures include a trip to Mars a flyby of Pluto, New Mexico’s favorite planet, and for older cadets a chance to co-pilot a Cessna.

“We’ve given a lot of thought to this summer’s camp experience and closely aligned several of the classes with events that are going on right now in space like the exploration of Mars and the New Horizons fly-by o. . . [ more ]

Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Chosen by NASA

Local Educators Michael Shinabery & Jeffrey Killebrew Picked to Fly

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Michael Shinabery, Education Specialist at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, is one of two local educators to be chosen by NASA to become an Airborne Astronomy Ambassador. Jeffrey Killebrew, a science teacher at the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was also chosen.

As Ambassadors, the two will join 26 other selectees who will participate with professional astronomers conducting science flights abo. . . [ more ]

Monday March 2nd, 2015

Putting Pluto in its Place

Largest Solar System Model Gets Tiniest Planet

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - A marker noting the orbit of Pluto on the Sunspot Solar System Model is now attached to a signpost at the Cloudcroft [New Mexico] Chamber of Commerce. With the Sun located at the National Solar Observatory, Neptune passing by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and Pluto passing through Cloudcroft, this forms the largest solar system model in the American West and the sixth largest in the world. The sign was attached by Dave Dooling, education director . . . [ more ]

Tuesday January 6th, 2015

October 24, 2014

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

October 24, 2014
Hubbard Space Science Education Building
NM Museum of Space History
Alamogordo, NM
1:00 PM

The Mission of the New Mexico Museum of Space History Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support to the Director of the Museum in the maintenance and operation of the Museum and all of its activities.

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Action: Approve agen. . . [ more ]

Monday October 20th, 2014

Stratolaunch Leader to Attend Induction Ceremony

Charles Beames to Accept Award on Behalf of Paul Allen

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Charles Beames, president of Paul Allen’s Vulcan Aerospace Corporation and executive director of Stratolaunch Systems, is slated to accept the International Space Hall of Fame Induction award on behalf of Mr. Allen this Saturday, October 18.

Mr. Allen was nominated for the award because of his involvement in the development of SpaceShipOne, the craft that won the Ansari XPRIZE in 2004, and also because of his ongoing passion for and commi. . . [ more ]

Friday October 17th, 2014

Induction Ceremony Draws Russian Museum Director

Elena Schukina to Accept Award on Behalf of Yuri Kondratyuk

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - In 1929, a mostly self-taught Russian visionary named Yuri Vasil′evich Kondratyuk self-published a book named The Conquest of Interplanetary Space – pioneering many ideas on rocket motion and space colonization. Forty years later Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins followed “Kondratyuk’s route”, the trajectory Kondratyuk calculated that would take a spacecraft from the Earth to the Moon and back. . . [ more ]

Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Wells & Verne Film Fest Coming to Tombaugh Theater

H.G. Wells & Jules Verne Film Fest Premiers as Part of Induction Days

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - As part of Induction Days at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the H.G. Wells and Jules Verne Film Fest will be held October 16-18. The film fest is a tribute to Inductees Verne and Wells and will premiere selected classic films based on their works. It will be held at the Tombaugh Theater on the campus of the museum.

The H.G. Wells & Jules Verne Film Fest will premiere the 1902 short film A Trip to the Moon. . . [ more ]

Friday October 3rd, 2014

Induction Class of 2014

Three Days of Events Culminate With Induction Ceremony

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation are pleased to announce the Induction Class of 2014. A total of twelve individuals will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame during Induction Days October 16-18, 2014.

The Class of 2014 includes: X-15 pilot and Astronaut Major General Joe Engle (U.S. AF, ret.); NASA engineer John Houbolt; aerospace engineer Thomas Kelly; visionary Yuri Kon. . . [ more ]

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Anousheh Ansari to Attend Induction Ceremony

Title Sponsor of the Ansari XPRIZE & First Female Private Space Explorer to be Inducted into International Space Hall of Fame

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Anousheh Ansari, title sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE, the first female private space explorer and successful serial entrepreneur, will be traveling to New Mexico to accept her nomination as an Inductee into the International Space Hall of Fame this October 18.

"It is an honor to be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame, along with such legends in the brie. . . [ more ]

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Museum E-Publishes Curation Paper Number Twelve

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH) is pleased to announce publication of Curation Paper Number 12, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. It is an oral history of Colonel William “Pete” Knight (USAF, Ret.).
The interview was conducted in 1998 for the New Mexico Museum of Space History (formerly the Space Center Museum) by Museum volunteer Lt. Col. Wayne O. Mattson (USAF, Ret.) and George House, Museum Curator.

In the 1960’s Colonel Knight played a key role in the testing . . . [ more ]

Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Big Changes At The Tombaugh Theater

Classic Dome Films Making Final Debut

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - By the end of this year, the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater is scheduled to have the first phase of its facelift finished with the installation of a new all-digital large format projection system. As the era of “wet film” comes to an end in the theater, a classic film, Journey Into Amazing Caves, will be added into the theater schedule allowing movie goers to see it one last time in its original format.

“We will replace the current projection s. . . [ more ]

Monday September 29th, 2014

Launch Pad Lecture: How To Build A Bug

Designing a Lunar Lander

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday September 5

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - How do you design a spaceship to boldly land where no man has gone before? That was the challenge to space engineers in 1961 when President Kennedy aimed America at the Moon. Museum Education Director Dave Dooling describes “How to build a bug,” from British enthusiasts who first tackled the problem in 1938 through the Apollo Lunar Module in 1969 to ideas that have followed, during the L. . . [ more ]

Monday September 29th, 2014

Hardcore Heroes

New TV Series Features Museum Staff Interviews

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - An all-new original television series HARDCORE HEROES began airing this week on the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel). Several episodes feature New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Christopher Orwoll and Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery as guest commentators.

According to a press release from the American Heroes Channel, “HARDCORE HEROES features epic, true stories of real life heroes who ar. . . [ more ]

Friday August 8th, 2014

July 25 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

July 25, 2014
Hubbard Space Science Education Building
NM Museum of Space History
Alamogordo, NM
1:00 PM

The Mission of the New Mexico Museum of Space History Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support to the Director of the Museum in the maintenance and operation of the Museum and all of its activities.

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Action: Approve agenda . . . [ more ]

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Museum E-Publishes Curation Paper Number Eleven

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History (NMMSH) is pleased to announce publication of Curation Paper Eleven, edited by Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry. It is an oral history of Colonel Joseph Kittinger Jr. (USAF, Ret.). The interview was conducted in 2000 for the New Mexico Museum of Space History (formerly the Space Center Museum) by Museum volunteer Lt. Col. Wayne O. Mattson (USAF, Ret.) and George House, Museum Curator.

Kittinger played a key role in the early days of the space program, but he is best kn. . . [ more ]

Friday July 11th, 2014

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza!

More Than 7000 Shots Will Light Up The Sky!

Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The City of Alamogordo’s annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, scheduled for Friday, July 4th, continues to grow. More than 7000 individual shots will be fired, an increase of about 500 shots more than last year.

“This is one of the largest fireworks shows in the state and a tribute to our community,” said New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “The museum is honored to host this spectacular show for the citizens . . . [ more ]

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

Meeting Announcement

Museum Governor's Commission to Meet April 18

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History Governor’s Commission will hold a regular quarterly meeting Friday, April 18, at 1:00 in the Hubbard Library on the grounds of the museum. The agenda for this meeting is available by contacting the museum.

The mission of the NMMSH Governor’s Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support to the Director of the Museum in the maintenance and operation of the Museum and all of its activities.

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Tuesday April 15th, 2014