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Trinity Motorcoach Tour Sells Out

Now Taking Reservations for Bus Number Two!

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - The Trinity Site motorcoach tour sponsored by the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation has sold out its first coach and is now taking reservations for a second.

“We were very pleased, and a bit surprised, that our tour sold out so quickly and ahead of deadline,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “With a little more than two weeks to go before the tour on April 4, we’re pretty confide. . . [ more ]

Tuesday March 17th, 2015

Museum Director Featured on Science Channel

NASA’s Unexplained Files Airing This Spring

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - New Mexico Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll is featured in eight episodes of NASA’s Unexplained Files airing now through May on the Science Channel. Orwoll’s extensive background in space history, and his previous work with WAG TV, the producers of the show, led to him being chosen to appear on the series.

Now in its second season, the series explores unusual observations made by astronauts and cameras over the last 50 year. . . [ more ]

Wednesday March 4th, 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

Launch Pad Lecture: Tripping the Light Fantastic

Fiftieth Anniversary of The First Space Walk
Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday March 6

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - It happened 50 years ago in 1965, but who did it? Was it an American astronaut or a Soviet cosmonaut who performed the first spacewalk? And how close did that explorer come to not making it back inside? Find out the answers to these questions, and others you didn’t even know you had, on Friday March 6, when Museum of Space History Executive Director Chris Orwoll takes you on the first journey ou. . . [ more ]

Friday February 27th, 2015

Now Boarding for Trinity Site!

Motorcoach Tour to Trinity Site April 4

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - On July 16, 1945, a horrific explosion in the New Mexico desert marked the beginning of the end of World War II. The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on that day at Trinity Site, on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range.

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of Trinity Site, the New Mexico Museum of Space History is hosting a motorcoach tour on Saturday, April 4. Museum curator Sue Taylor will accompany guests on the coach, givin. . . [ more ]

Monday February 23rd, 2015

Putting Pluto in its Place

Largest Solar System Model Gets Tiniest Planet

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - A marker noting the orbit of Pluto on the Sunspot Solar System Model is now attached to a signpost at the Cloudcroft [New Mexico] Chamber of Commerce. With the Sun located at the National Solar Observatory, Neptune passing by the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and Pluto passing through Cloudcroft, this forms the largest solar system model in the American West and the sixth largest in the world. The sign was attached by Dave Dooling, education director . . . [ more ]

Tuesday January 6th, 2015

12 Join International Space Hall of Fame

From the 10/19/2014 Alamogordo Daily News, by Janessa Maxilom

People who dreamed of space exploration and shared their dreams with the world were honored on Saturday at the New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame.

Twelve individuals were inducted into the International Space Hall of fame as the Induction Class of 2014.

"Here at the New Mexico Museum of Space History and the International Space Hall of Fame. . . [ more ]

Friday November 14th, 2014

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

Big Changes At The Tombaugh Theater

Classic Dome Films Making Final Debut

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - By the end of this year, the Clyde W. Tombaugh Theater is scheduled to have the first phase of its facelift finished with the installation of a new all-digital large format projection system. As the era of “wet film” comes to an end in the theater, a classic film, Journey Into Amazing Caves, will be added into the theater schedule allowing movie goers to see it one last time in its original format.

“We will replace the current projection s. . . [ more ]

Monday September 29th, 2014

Launch Pad Lecture: How To Build A Bug

Designing a Lunar Lander

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday September 5

(Alamogordo, New Mexico) - How do you design a spaceship to boldly land where no man has gone before? That was the challenge to space engineers in 1961 when President Kennedy aimed America at the Moon. Museum Education Director Dave Dooling describes “How to build a bug,” from British enthusiasts who first tackled the problem in 1938 through the Apollo Lunar Module in 1969 to ideas that have followed, during the L. . . [ more ]

Monday September 29th, 2014

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

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