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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

April 18 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

April 18, 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 April 15th, 2014

Museum E-Publishes Curation Paper Number Ten

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce publication of the tenth in a series of papers by the museum’s Curation Department, Curation Paper Number Ten. This issue features the oral history of Colonel Eileen Collins (USAF, Ret.). A veteran astronaut, Collins was the first woman to command a Space Shuttle mission, STS 93 Columbia.

Upon being named the first female shuttle Commander, Collins said, “When I was a child, I dreamed about space – I admired pilots, astronauts, and I. . . [ more ]

Thursday March 6th, 2014

January 31 Commission Meeting Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

January 31, 2014
Udall Building (Center for Museums' Resources)
725 Camino Lego
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 29th, 2014

Culture Day Showcases New Mexico's Cultural Diversity

Culture Day Showcases New Mexico's Cultural Diversity

Santa Fe - The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” at the State Capitol from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014. Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, historic preservation, archaeology, arts, and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will offer a sneak peek of the new digital intera. . . [ more ]

Friday January 24th, 2014

Museum of Space History Exhibit Featured in Governor’s Gallery

Museum of Space History Exhibit Featured in Governor's Gallery

Leslie Cantwell Collection Dubbed the Most Important of Its Kind

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Considered by space industry experts to be the largest and most important space related photographic collection of its kind in the world, the Leslie Cantwell Collection began as one photograph given to Cantwell by moonwalker James Irwin in 1981 who inscribed the photo, “with love from the moon”. Now, more than three decades lat. . . [ more ]

Tuesday January 7th, 2014

Museum to Close for Christmas

The New Mexico Museum of Space History and Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater will close at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 24th, and remain closed through Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25th, in order for staff to spend time with their families. The museum and IMAX will resume normal business hours Thursday December 26, 2013.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589.

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Monday December 23rd, 2013

Museum to Close Temporarily

Out With the Old Doors, In With the New

Museum to Close Temporarily For Door Installation

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and Tombaugh IMAX Theater will temporarily close for installation of new front doors at the Museum on Monday, January 13, 2014. The door replacement is part of ongoing renovations at the facility.

For current information, please call the number below or visit the museum website.

The New Mexico Museum of Space His. . . [ more ]

Monday December 2nd, 2013

Nov 7, 2013 Museum Kicks Off Holiday Food Drive

Museum Kicks Off Holiday Food Drive

Theater Offers Free Multimedia Show

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is holding a holiday canned food drive through November 23. As part of that, the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Theater will offer free admission to the multi-media show “9 Planets and Counting” at 1:00 on Saturday November 9, 16, and 23, for a donation of three cans of food or other non-perishable food items.

Museum Executive Director Chris . . . [ more ]

Thursday November 7th, 2013

Free Museum Admission for Veterans

Free Museum Admission for Veterans

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Veterans, active duty service members, and National Guard personnel are invited to attend the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Admission for those personnel will be free of charge.

Veterans are asked to provide proof of service with a Form DD-214 or a veteran’s identification card. Active duty service members, and National Guard personnel will need to show a military ID card for their free admission to the. . . [ more ]

Thursday November 7th, 2013

Nov 1, 2013 Launch Pad Lecture Series

Museum Announces New Lecture Series

Launch Pad Lectures Begin Friday, November 1

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll will discuss the past, present and future of the museum on Friday, November 1, as the introductory speaker for the museum’s new Launch Pad Lecture Series. Orwoll plans to answer such questions as: “Why was the museum built here in the first place?”, “Does the ghost of Ham really wander the halls?”, a. . . [ more ]

Tuesday October 29th, 2013

Oct. 25 Space History Commission Agenda

New Mexico Museum of Space History
Governor's Commission Meeting

October 25, 2013
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 age. . . [ more ]

Tuesday October 22nd, 2013

Museum Mourns Passing of Astronaut Scott Carpenter

One of the Original Seven Mercury Astronauts Dies at 88

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Malcolm Scott "Buddy" Carpenter, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, died this morning at the age of 88. Carpenter passed away at a hospice in Denver, Colorado, from complications of a stroke he suffered last month. His death leaves John Glenn as the last surviving member of the original Mercury Seven.

On April 9, 1959, Carpenter was selected as one of seven Mercury astronauts, NASA's first astronaut group, and flew the second Americ. . . [ more ]

Thursday October 10th, 2013

Museum and Theater Re-Open

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater will re-open to the public at 9:00 am on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The facilities had been temporarily closed due to a technical issue with the fire alarm and suppression system. Those systems have been repaired and are functioning correctly.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the webs. . . [ more ]

Wednesday September 11th, 2013

Fire Alarm Glitch Forces Closure

Museum and Theater Closed Temporarily

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and the Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Dome Theater are temporarily closed due to a technical issue with the fire alarm and suppression system at the facilities. The Museum and Theater closed to the public at 2:05 pm on Tuesday, September 10, and are anticipated to reopen within 24 hours.

Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll said, “The fire alarm systems for the Museum and Theater are currently not functioning due to a comp. . . [ more ]

Tuesday September 10th, 2013

9/11 Memorial Ceremony To Be Held At Museum

Event Marks 12th Anniversary

Alamogordo, NM - The Otero County Fire Fighters Association will hold their annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. The ceremony will be held in the Museum’s upper parking lot or, in the case of inclement weather, on the Museum’s patio.

The ceremony begins at 6:30 pm with a parade of fire apparatus from the Otero County Fairgrounds up Indian Wells Road to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Once at th. . . [ more ]

Monday September 9th, 2013

Museum Mourns Passing of STS-3 Pilot

Astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton Died August 21, 2013

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - Astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton died Wednesday, August 21, in Lancaster, California. He was 76 years old. His career as a U.S. astronaut and Air Force and NASA test pilot lasted almost 50 years.

As a member of NASA’s astronaut corps, Fullerton served as a support crew member for Apollo lunar missions 14, 15, 16, and 17. Fullerton piloted STS-3 Space Shuttle Columbia that landed at Northrup Strip, now White Sands Space Harbor, on White Sands Miss. . . [ more ]

Thursday August 22nd, 2013

Fireworks Extravaganza Will Be Largest Ever

More Than 6500 Shots Will Light Up The Sky

Alamogordo, New Mexico - The annual City of Alamogordo July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, scheduled for Thursday, July 4th, is slated to be the largest fireworks show ever produced for this event. More than 6500 individual shots will be fired, an increase of about twenty percent over last year.

"It is very likely that this will be the largest fireworks show in the state," said New Mexico Museum of Space History Director Chris Orwoll. "The last three years, our show h. . . [ more ]

Wednesday June 26th, 2013

International Space Hall of Fame to Induct Original DC-X Team

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) and the New Mexico Museum of Space History are honored to announce that the members of the original Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) Team will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF) on the evening of Saturday, August 17, 2013.

The DC-X Team will be the first group ever inducted into the ISHF. Every member of the DC-X team displayed the qualities required to be an inductee: imagination, achievement, and the dedication to further advance ma. . . [ more ]

Friday June 14th, 2013

Only In America Features Space Museum

History Channel To Air Episode This Wednesday

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - For months, staff at the New Mexico Museum of Space History was sworn to secrecy and, to their credit, not a word was spoken. But now, the truth can come out. The producers of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy shot several segments featuring the museum and staff members last December. The segment, entitled Larry Gets Lost In Space, will air on the History Channel this Wednesday May 22 at 7:00 pm (MST).

Why all the secrecy? The. . . [ more ]

Tuesday May 21st, 2013

Cultural Affairs Honors Military Members with Free Admission at Museums and Historic Sites this Summer

Santa Fe, NM - As part of the national Blue Star Museums Program, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs' 15 state-run museums and historic sites will once again offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.

"In appreciation of the service and dedication of the men and women of our military, it is an honor to offer free admission to our fine state museums and historic sites this summer" said Governor Susana Martinez. "I encourage all New Mexico's active-duty m. . . [ more ]

Monday May 20th, 2013

Museum to Host Delta Clipper Experimental First Flight + 20 Anniversary & Spaceplane Conference

Spaceport America, International Space Hall of Fame Induction Highlight Activities

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that it will host the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) First Flight + 20 Anniversary and Spaceplane Conference on August 16, 17 & 18, 2013 at Spaceport America, NM, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, NM. Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic and New Mexico State University-Alamogordo are co-hosting the event.

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Thursday May 2nd, 2013

TORNADO ALLEY STORMS INTO TOMBAUGH GIANT SCREEN THEATER

Nature's Power is Revealed in the New Giant Screen Film Opening in Alamogordo April 6

ALAMOGORDO, NM - Tornado season is fast approaching in the region of America's heartland known as "the severe weather capital of the world"—and on April 6, 2012, Tornado Alley, an explosive new film narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), will bring nature's most dramatic weather phenomena to the Clyde W. Tombaugh Giant Screen Theater on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Widely considered the . . . [ more ]

Monday April 1st, 2013

Now Taking Reservations For Homesteading Mars!

Museum Summer Camp Expands Programs

(Alamogordo, NM) Whether your young explorer dreams of landing on the red planet, searching for extraterrestrials, finding the ultimate home away from home in another galaxy or delving into the mysterious world of the dinosaur, the New Mexico Space Academy's summer camp program has just the right camp. Registration is underway for the state’s premier summer science camp for cadets entering grades kindergarten through 12th grade at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Camp begins the fi. . . [ more ]

Monday March 18th, 2013

Museum Welcomes Visitor Five Million

(ALAMOGORDO, NM) At the New Mexico Museum of Space History, every person through the door has been counted and recounted over the past two weeks as staff anticipated welcoming the facility's five millionth visitor. Today, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, that person walked through the door.

"Every visitor to our museum is special, but today one became just a little more special. Our Five Millionth visitor walked through the door and was welcomed by our outstanding front desk staff at exactly 12:15 pm," said Museum Executive Director Ch. . . [ more ]

Wednesday March 6th, 2013

Governor Proclaims "New Mexico Museum of Space History Day"

March 1st Now Annual Free Day For New Mexico Residents

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) — The New Mexico Museum of Space History will announce on March 1, 2013, at 12 p.m. that it has been chosen to become a Smithsonian Affiliate. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum of Space History is the first within the department to receive this honor.

The Museum will accept shipment of an Apollo Boilerplate Command Module, the first artifact to arrive as part of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program. . . [ more ]

Friday March 1st, 2013

New Mexico Museum of Space History First State Museum to Obtain Smithsonian Affiliation

Apollo Boilerplate Command Module First of Expected New Exhibits

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is the first museum within the state system to become a Smithsonian Affiliate. An Apollo Boilerplate Command Module, the first artifact to arrive as part of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, is scheduled to be delivered to the museum at noon on Friday, March 1, 2013 (weather and road conditions permitting). The official announcemen. . . [ more ]

Thursday February 28th, 2013

Enhanced Security Helps Protect State Treasures

IMAX Hours Change - Museum Campus to Close at 5:00 pm

One of the most important jobs that museum staff has is that of artifact preservation. At facilities like the New Mexico Museum of Space History that is sometimes a tall order. “Our artifact collection ranges from pictures and papers to rocket engines and full size spacecraft. Everyone who has been to the museum realizes how important it is, for instance, to protect our moonrock. Most don’t realize that it’s equally as important to protect and preserve our larger art. . . [ more ]

Friday August 31st, 2012