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Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Passes Away at 85

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 5, 2016) - The last surviving member of the Apollo 14 crew, Astronaut Edgar Dean Mitchell, passed away February 4, at 9:30 pm, in West Palm Beach from a sudden illness.

Although Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas, he always considered Artesia, New Mexico, his home because he spent most of his childhood there. A 1948 graduate of Artesia High School, the Navy veteran also held degrees in Industrial Management, Aeronautical Engineering, . . . [ more ]

Friday February 5th, 2016

Educators Honored by Legislature

Shinabery and Killebrew Receive Special Recognition

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 4, 2016) - New Mexico Museum of Space History Educator Michael Shinabery and New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired science teacher Jeffrey Killebrew were honored with a special proclamation of congratulations by the New Mexico House of Representatives on February 1, 2016, in recognition of their work with NASA’s SOFIA program.

Shinabery and Killebrew were the first New Mexicans to be chosen to fly on SOFIA (Stratospheric. . . [ more ]

Thursday February 4th, 2016

Museum Hosts Teacher Open House

Teachers and Their Families Get in Free on February 20

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 28, 2016) - A digital star show, an Alien Autopsy, and Twisted Weather are on tap for the Teacher’s Open House at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on Feb. 20, 2016. Teachers and their families will have free access to the Museum and the Tombaugh Theater all day (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) as the museum education staff show off their new portable planetarium system, STEM based education programs, and much more.

“Museum sta. . . [ more ]

Monday February 1st, 2016

Getting Men to the Moon: Behind the Scenes Stories with Special Guest Speaker Loretta Hall

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday February 5

(Alamogordo, NM, January 28, 2016) - Nearly half a century ago, the world watched in awe as seven Apollo missions over a four-year period took twenty-one men to the moon and back. Twelve of those men landed on the moon, explored it, and brought back samples of rocks and dirt. April 11-17, 2015, marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, in which an explosion aboard the spacecraft nearly doomed three astronauts. January 31, 2016, marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the la. . . [ more ]

Monday February 1st, 2016

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Museum Governor’s Commission to Meet January 29

(Alamogordo, New Mexico January 20, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History Governor’s Commission will hold a regular quarterly meeting Friday, January 29, 2016, at 1:00 in the Udall Building at 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. The agenda for this meeting is available by contacting the museum, by visiting the museum website, or at the Department of Cultural Affairs in Santa Fe.

The mission of the NMMSH Governor’s Commission is to provide direction, advice, and support. . . [ more ]

Wednesday January 20th, 2016

January 29 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

January 29, 2016
Udall Building (Center for Museums' Resources)
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, 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 for . . . [ more ]

Wednesday January 20th, 2016

Launch Pad Lecture Special Presentation

Seeing the Invisible Universe: Exploring With SOFIA

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday January 8

(Alamogordo, NM, December 17, 2015) - In March of 2015, Museum Educator Michael Shinabery and New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired science educator Jeff Killebrew were chosen as the first New Mexicans to participate in NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. As Ambassadors, the two joined 26 other selectees who participated with professional astronomers conducting science flights aboar. . . [ more ]

Friday December 18th, 2015

Summer Camp 2016 Registration Open

Museum Announces Online Registration and New Layaway Plan

(Alamogordo, NM, Dec. 10, 2015) - Registration for the Space History Museum’s Rocketeer Academy Summer Camp 2016 is now open and features new online registration and a budget friendly layaway plan. “We are very pleased to announce our new online registration for summer camp aimed at streamlining the process for families and staff alike,” said museum education director Dave Dooling. In addition, the Academy is offering a layaway plan that allows summer camp tuition . . . [ more ]

Monday December 14th, 2015

From Renegade Doctor to the Fastest Man Alive

Sonic Wind – Meet the Man Behind the New Book

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - On a cold December day in 1954, Dr. John Paul Stapp rode into the history books at 632 miles per hour aboard the Sonic Wind 1 at Holloman Air Force Base’s High Speed Test Track. He was an instant international sensation, gracing magazine covers, newspaper front pages, and even thrilling viewers on This is Your Life. He used his celebrity status to push the cause he felt most passionately about – improving automobile safety, particularly seat be. . . [ more ]

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

October 3, 2015 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

October 3, 2015
NM Museum of Space History
IMAX Building
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 for the October 3, 2015 . . . [ more ]

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

Museum Governor’s Commission to Meet October 3

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History Governor’s Commission will hold a regular quarterly meeting Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1:00 in the front classroom at the IMAX theater on the campus of the museum. The agenda for this meeting is available by contacting the museum, by visiting the museum website, or at the Department of Cultural Affairs in Santa Fe.

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 o. . . [ more ]

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

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

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

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

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