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Museums Collaborate to Bring Ancient Reptile Fossil Back to Alamogordo

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 14, 2019) – Gordodon, a history changing ancient plant-eating reptile discovered near Alamogordo six years ago, will be making its return home on Friday, March 22, where a welcome reception will be held at the New Mexico Museum of Space History at 1 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a proclamation from Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss and a presentation on the discovery and its impact on paleontolog. . . [ more ]

Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Free Into the Vault Presentation Saturday

Behind the Scenes with Satellites

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 18, 2019) Satellites are so common that we now have the issue of crowded skies. But what do all these different satellites do and why are there so many? What satellites were the first to be put into orbit? Join Museum Curator Sue Taylor and Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry this Saturday, March 23, at 9 a.m. as they take you on a fascinating journey during this free quarterly program Into the Vault: Behind the Scenes with Satellites. Learn about all the satellit. . . [ more ]

Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Museum’s Trinity Site Tour Now Taking Reservations

Friday Night Reception Added to Event

(Alamogordo, New Mexico February 28, 2019) - On the first Saturday in April and October, the New Mexico Museum of Space History hosts a guided motorcoach tour to Trinity Site, where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945. This April, a new activity has been added the evening before to enhance the experience – a reception on the first floor of the museum with a special presentation by Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

Early check-in for pre-registered re. . . [ more ]

Friday March 8th, 2019

New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Offering Free Admission to Furloughed Federal Employees & Their Families during Government Shutdown

January 18th, 2019

(Santa Fe) - New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites are offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their families during the government shutdown.

“New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs is opening doors at all of our facilities to furloughed federal government workers and their families,” said Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) cabinet secretary, Debra Garcia y Griego. “Our goal is to support the furloughed worker.”

DCA will be offering free admission . . . [ more ]

Saturday January 19th, 2019

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