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Museum Hosts Free Telescope Workshop for New Users

Event Scheduled for Saturday, January 19

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 9, 2019) – The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department will be holding a free telescope workshop on Saturday, January 19, in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building beginning at 10:00 am. The workshop had been originally scheduled right after Christmas, but a severe snowstorm caused the museum to be closed that day.

The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope users the basics of set-up and viewing. “Buying a t. . . [ more ]

Wednesday January 16th, 2019

Snow Storm Causes Morning Closure at Museum and Theater
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 29, 2018) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and New Horizons Dome Theater are closed today until noon, Saturday, December 29, due to a severe snow storm in the region.

"Because of snow and ice leading to unsafe driving conditions on Highway 2001, we have decided to close both the Museum and Theater until noon today," said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. "We do ask visitors not to attempt to drive up the highway to the museum unless the road is clear of ice and snow." The highway is expe. . . [ more ]

Saturday December 29th, 2018

Museum and Theater May Close Due to Bad Weather
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 28, 2018) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and New Horizons Dome Theater are preparing for a potential closing on Saturday, December 29, in the event of severe snow in the area.

"The safety of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us," said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. "With that in mind, and with the severe winter weather forecast for tonight through tomorrow, we are preparing to be closed for all or part of the day tomorrow. We will evaluate the weather situation in. . . [ more ]

Friday December 28th, 2018

Telescope Class Cancelled
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 28, 2018) - The telescope class scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 29, has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 19, 2019, due to the severe weather forecast.

Visitors are encouraged to check the museum's Facebook page for updates on the status of the museum and theater.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or. . . [ more ]

Friday December 28th, 2018

Museum Announces Acquisition of German Tornado Aircraft

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 19, 2018) – The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce the acquisition of a German Air Force Tornado fighter jet. It will become one of three of the Panavia Tornados on display to the public in the United States. The other two are on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, and at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.

The twin engine, variable-sweep wing combat aircraft has been on display in front of the German Air Force Hea. . . [ more ]

Wednesday December 19th, 2018

A Telescope for Christmas

Simple Rules for Buying a Telescope as a Gift

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 10, 2018) – Well, it’s happened. Your bright and curious child has asked for a telescope for Christmas. Your first impulse will be to Google your favorite internet retailer and buy the first thing that looks reasonable. That might work out, but an uninformed choice will probably result in a gift that ends up squashing your child’s budding interest because it’s too complicated and frustrating to use. Below are a couple of guidelines that will he. . . [ more ]

Monday December 17th, 2018

American Hero Astronaut John Young Passes Away

International Space Hall of Fame Inductee was 87

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 6, 2018) – The only man to fly on Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions has passed away at 87 from complications of pnuemonia. John W. Young is being hailed by fellow astronauts as the “astronauts’ astronaut” and former President George H.W. Bush called him “a fearless patriot whose courage and commitment to duty helped our Nation push back the horizon of discovery at a critical time.”

The New Mexico Museum of Space History an. . . [ more ]

Tuesday January 9th, 2018

International Space Hall of Fame Inductee Passes Away

Gemini and Apollo Astronaut Richard F. “Dick” Gordon was 88

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, November 8, 2017) – Astronaut Richard F. “Dick” Gordon passed away at his home in San Marcos, California, on Monday, November 6. The Gemini and Apollo veteran was 88 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, who passed away in September 2017. His first wife Barbara died in 2012. Gordon is survived by six children, two step children and five grandchildren.

Gordon was born on October 5, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. A. . . [ more ]

Wednesday November 8th, 2017