Limited Tickets Available for the April 1 tour
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 24, 2017) - One of the “must see” things for residents and visitors alike in New Mexico is Trinity Site, where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945. Located on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range, Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the first Saturday in October. The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo hosts a motor coach tour to the. . . [ more ]
Monday March 27th, 2017
Giant Screen Film Celebrates the National Park Service
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 23, 2017) – A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ (MFF) giant screen film National Parks Adventure, premiering at the New Horizons Dome Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Friday, March 24. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, this giant screen film takes a. . . [ more ]
Thursday March 23rd, 2017
Museum Reaches Out to Students
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 20, 2017) – Constellations exist in your head, not the sky. You have to think for robots. There’s no such thing as zero-g. And a soda straw helps show the complexity of the universe.
These and other insights have a common thread—space exploration—which the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo has been sharing with learners across the southwest for more than 40 years.
These and other insights have a common thread—space exploration—wh. . . [ more ]
Thursday March 23rd, 2017
Inside the Cube: Women in Space History
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 20, 2017) - Although you don’t hear much about them, there have been a significant number of women involved in space exploration and research. From the early days of astronomy and Theano of Thurii, a Greek mathematician and student, or perhaps wife, of Pythagoras, to Carolyn Shoemaker, co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, women have played an important role in our understanding of the cosmos. For Women’s History month, join museum curator Sue Taylor an. . . [ more ]
Tuesday March 21st, 2017
Registration Now Open!
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 15, 2017) – Calling all kids! Save the Earth from asteroids! Rescue a sick astronaut on Mars! Or spend the night in a museum full of dinosaurs!
Summer adventure is on the menu for this year’s Rocketeer Academy Summer Camp at the New Mexico Museum of Space History and registration is now open to cadets entering kindergarten through 9th grade. With a host of new programs on the agenda, this year’s camp promises to be a memory making out of this world experience. [ more ]
Thursday March 16th, 2017
The First Photo From Space
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 23, 2017) – New Mexico has had a lot of “firsts” when it comes to space research and development. Most everyone knows that Spaceport America is the first purpose built spaceport in the world, but did you know that the first U.S. designed rocket to reach the edge of space was launched from White Sands Proving Grounds (now White Sands Missile Range)? Or that the first flight of more than five times the speed of sound was also launched from the same location? So what . . . [ more ]
Thursday February 23rd, 2017
Tune in Sunday for a Look at the History and Future of the Museum
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 27, 2017) – New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Christopher Orwoll recently had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Felipe Aguilar, host of K-LOVE Radio’s local Closer Look program. The program focuses on local and regional points of interest and airs each Sunday evening. The interview about the museum touches on several topics including how the museum was founded, how it’s operated, recent and ong. . . [ more ]
Friday January 27th, 2017
Limited Tickets Available for April 1 Tour
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 24, 2016) - The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, at Trinity Site, in New Mexico on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range. In recognition of the event, Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the first Saturday in October.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History is hosting a motor coach tour to Trinity Site on Saturday, April 1. Area historian Pete Eid. . . [ more ]
Thursday January 26th, 2017
1982 Inductee into the International Space Hall of Fame
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, January 17, 2017) – The staff of the New Mexico Museum of Space History express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Astronaut Gene Cernan. Cernan passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, following on-going health issues. He was 82 years old. Although Cernan earned several distinctions during his career at NASA, he is best known as the Commander of Apollo 17 and the last man to walk on the moon.
“The passing of Gene Cernan . . . [ more ]
Wednesday January 18th, 2017
Launch Pad Lecture January 6
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 15, 2016) - On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the American space program when Apollo astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee perished during a preflight test for Apollo 204, later named Apollo 1 in honor of the crew. Was it avoidable? How did it happen? How was the space program affected? Join Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll for the Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, January 6, as he examines the accident that took the lives of three astronauts. [ more ]
Friday December 16th, 2016
John Glenn, War Hero, Astronaut, Senator, Passes at 95
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, December 8, 2016) – The last surviving member of the Mercury 7 astronauts, John Glenn, has passed away at 95. Glenn died at The Ohio State University Wesner Medical Center in Columbus, where he was surrounded by family and his wife of 73 years, Annie. According to the Columbus Dispatch, his body will lie in state at the Ohio Statehouse for a day and a public memorial service will be held at Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium. He will be bur. . . [ more ]
Thursday December 8th, 2016
Space Travel Without Rockets
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 26, 2016) In practically every episode of the television series Star Trek, Captain Kirk would say, “Warp speed, Mr. Sulu,” and off they would go through the universe faster than the speed of light. Will today’s technology ever catch up with them? It’s the 21st century and we still use rockets to get around the solar system, but somebody does have an idea for a warp drive. Join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling for the Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, No. . . [ more ]
Friday October 28th, 2016
Panel Session Planned to Discuss Roddenberry Influence
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, October 14, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that Emmy Award winning special effects expert David Stipes will be attending the Induction ceremony for Gene Roddenberry on Saturday, November 12. Stipes is a special effects expert who has worked in the industry for more than fifty years, beginning in high school. His credits include Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Battlestar Gallactica, Creepshow. . . [ more ]
Monday October 17th, 2016
Ceremony Coincides With Museum’s 40th Anniversary
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, September 29, 2016) - The New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation are pleased to announce this year’s inductee into the Hall of Fame. One individual will join the ranks of such notables as Neil Armstrong, Walter Cronkite and Arthur C. Clarke.
On November 12, 2016, the New Mexico Museum of Space History will be inducting Mr. Gene Roddenberry into the International Space Hall of Fame.
“Mr. Rodden. . . [ more ]
Friday September 30th, 2016
Celebrating 70 Years of Observing the Sun from Space
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, September 28, 2016) - Did you know that as far back as the Babylonians, solar activity and events have been recorded, or that by 28 BC sunspot observations were regularly recorded by Chinese astronomers? The brightest object in our sky has always fascinated us, but it wasn’t until 1946 that we were able to get a little more up close and personal with observations.
That was the year that Dr. Richard Tousey of the Naval Research Laboratory flew. . . [ more ]
Thursday September 29th, 2016
The Giant Planets
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 27, 2016) - Did you know that astronomers group the planets in our solar system into two categories? Does one of the giant planets actually have its own miniature solar system? Get the answers to those questions and more on Friday, August 5, at 9:00 AM, when Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll presents this month’s Launch Pad Lecture: Great Balls of Gas: The Giant Planets.
The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9:00 AM on the Museum's first f. . . [ more ]
Tuesday August 2nd, 2016
Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 19, 2016) - Summer camp cadets at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Rocketeer Academy recently honored a pioneering mission that opened the exploration of the Sun from space. Cadets attending The Goldilocks Star session in July built simple models of the solar spectroscope flown in 1946 onboard a V-2 rocket launched from what was then White Sands Proving Ground. The highlight of the cadets’ week was a trip to White Sands Missile Range to see a modern day version of that spectroscope being readied for. . . [ more ]
Tuesday July 26th, 2016
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 29, 2016) - Did you know that four of the original Mercury 7 astronauts were Naval Aviators? The Navy has played a crucial role in space exploration from the beginning, whether providing astronauts or recovering the astronauts after splashdown in the ocean. Learn more on Friday, July 1, at 9:00 AM, when Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll presents this month’s Launch Pad Lecture: From the Sea to the Stars: Naval Aviation.
The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public. . . [ more ]
Wednesday June 29th, 2016
New Name, New Projector & New Movies!
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, June 20, 2016) - The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium, formerly the Tombaugh Theater, will open to the public on Friday, July 1. Featuring the world’s first Spitz Scidome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium projection system, the theater will premier one new giant screen film, two digital planetarium shows and a daily live star show.
The grand “re-opening” of the theater heralds not only a brand new projector system, but a new name for it and the . . . [ more ]
Wednesday June 22nd, 2016
Lonely Planet’s New Book Showcases Museums Worldwide
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 6, 2016) - Tucked in the pages between the National Rail Museum in the UK and the New York City Fire Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Space History was selected to join the exclusive and lofty ranks of Lonely Planet’s newest travel book 50 Museums to Blow Your Mind. Although the book itself is relatively small, many of the museums inside are giants – from the Acropolis Museum in Greece and the Smithsonian Institute to Norway’s Viking . . . [ more ]
Monday May 9th, 2016
Free Public Viewing of Mercury Transit on May 9
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, May 2, 2016) - Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2006 on Monday, May 9, 2016. Transits of the planets are relatively rare and only those of Mercury and Venus are viewable from Earth. In fact, there are usually only about 13 transits of Mercury each century. The next Mercury transit will not occur until November 11, 2019.
The Mercury transit is not visible to the naked eye. The Amateur Astronomers Group will have an assortment of . . . [ more ]
Monday May 9th, 2016
International Space Hall of Fame Ceremony Planned for April 16
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 4, 2016) - German Astronaut Thomas Reiter (Brigadier General, Ret., GAF) will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The Induction Ceremony and Luncheon will be held on the museum first floor beginning at 11:30 am. Reception immediately following after at approximately 2:00pm. Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale at the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s Marketing Department.
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Monday April 11th, 2016
ESA Director of Human Spaceflight to Present Agency Plans
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 8, 2016) - Thomas Reiter, German Astronaut and retired Brigadier General with the German Air Force, is now the Director of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations. He is responsible for managing European contributions to the ISS, overseeing human spaceflight activities for the Agency, the Space Situational Awareness Programs and operations of ESA satellite missions, along with coordinating the evolu. . . [ more ]
Monday April 11th, 2016
Primates and the Space Program – the Holloman Connection
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 21, 2016) - Across the tracks and behind the chamber of commerce, near the old sawmill, is a very large metal building that most people probably never notice. Those who’ve been in Alamogordo for a long time remember it as the old Stanley Hardware. About 25 years ago, the International Space Hall of Fame purchased the building and donated it to the Museum of Space History. Today the often overlooked facility is the museum’s “support cen. . . [ more ]
Wednesday March 23rd, 2016
Museum Offers Motorcoach Tour to Trinity Site April 2
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, March 2, 2016) - The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, at Trinity Site, in New Mexico on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range. In recognition of the event, Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the first Saturday in October.
As part of their 40th Anniversary celebration, the New Mexico Museum of Space History is hosting a motorcoach tour to Tri. . . [ more ]
Thursday March 3rd, 2016