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NM Museum of Space History features ‘Road Trip to the Edge of the Solar System’

February 18 celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the discovery of Pluto by New Mexico’s most famous adopted astronomer, Clyde W. Tombaugh who made the discovery at just 24 years old; Tombaugh would have been 114 this February 4.

On Friday, February 7, Dr. John Spencer, Deputy Project Scientist on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, shares his personal experiences exploring this distant world during the February Launch Pad Lecture.

It’s been a rocky road for the little planet at the end of the solar system. If not for the Lowell Observatory’s willingness to try a young self-trained dreamer in 1929, Tombaugh might have never become an astronomer. If not for Tombaugh’s determination to fulfill Percival Lowell’s legacy to find Planet X, Pluto might have never been discovered. And if not for the International Astronomical Union’s drive to define exactly what a planet is, Pluto might still be a full-fledged planet. But on August 24, 2006, Tombaugh’s wobbly discovery was demoted to a dwarf planet.

Despite Pluto’s downgrade, NASA was still on track to explore it and had already launched the New Horizons spacecraft on January 19 of that same year.

Nine years later, New Horizons became the first to get up close and personal with Pluto under the direction of a team of scientists and researchers like John Spencer.

Dr. John Spencer is a Staff Scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where he also holds the title of Deputy Project Scientist on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Spencer is the guest speaker for the Museum of Space History’s monthly Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, February 7. He will be talking about his experiences with the New Horizons mission and what we might look forward to as the mission continues.

The Launch Pad Lecture begins at 9:00 am on the museum’s first floor and is free to the public. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are also available after the lecture on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 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 website at www.nmspacemuseum.org website or ‘Like’ their Facebook page.

Museum Offers Preservation Workshop – A Beginner’s Guide

New Mexico Museum of Space History officials announced this week  a new series of free quarterly programs aimed at helping people learn how to preserve and protect their family valuables and heirlooms.

The first Preservation Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, beginning at 9:00 am on the Museum’s first floor.

The title of the program is A Beginners Guide to the Care and Feeding of Your Collections and will be presented by Museum Curator Sue Taylor.

The introductory workshop will cover a wide variety of topics, including basic tips on how to preserve a personal collection. Learn about preventing mold, the effects of light and why your fingers are your collection’s worst enemy. There will also be an overview of what upcoming workshops will offer.

The Preservation Workshops are free to attend and will be held on the third Saturday of the month beginning in April, when the presentation will be held on Saturday April 18, at 9:00 am. The topic will be How to Properly Display and Preserve Your Photos.

Free coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org website or like their Facebook page

Educator Evening planned at Space Museum in Alamogordo on Thursday

An Educator’s Evening is planned at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Thursday, January 16 beginning at 6:00 pm in the Tombaugh Education Building on the museum’s campus.

Activities for the evening are free to teachers and include a catered taco bar, door prizes, planetarium programs and demonstrations.

“We can never show our appreciation to teachers enough and this is one way we can reach out and say thank you with an evening of free food, refreshments and camaraderie,” said Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola, event organizer. In 2019, nearly 100 area educators attended the museum’s inaugural event and Gondola anticipates that many this year. “Last year everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves and we want to make sure they all come back again and bring their friends who teach.”

A variety of activities are planned during the evening to showcase what the Museum’s Education Department can offer to help teachers in the classroom. “Our mission is to help educators, whether in their classroom or here on our campus,” said Museum Education Director Dave Dooling.

“We have literally dozens of science programs that we can bring to the table, to complement what the teachers are already doing. From astronomy to planetary science, and biology to physiology, we cover a very wide range of topics designed to work with state and national science standards.”

Special class demonstrations are planned during the course of the evening, along with special planetarium programs in the New Horizons Theater. “One of the really cool things we have that a lot of teachers don’t know about is our portable planetarium,” said Gondola, “and we want to highlight that during the evening. We have a special selection of short programs that we’ll be presenting to show how our portable planetarium can bring astronomy right into the schools.”

According to Gondola, the portable planetarium gives schools the opportunity to reach all their students. “We can bring our planetarium right to the school and even add in classes to enhance the experience even more.”

Educators, including homeschool educators, who would like to attend the free event must register on-line by Tuesday, January 14, because attendance is limited to 100, including guests.

To register, visit the Museum’s website, and look for the Educator Evening button on the right hand side of the page. “We encourage teachers to mark their calendars today and register early,” said Dooling.

The event will be held in the Tombaugh Education Building on Thursday, January 16 beginning at 6:00 pm.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 (or toll free 1-877-333-6589) visit the website or their Facebook page.

NM Museum of Space History launches New Astronomy Club

A new year brings a new Astronomy Club, launched by the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.

Led by museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola, this organizational meeting is free to attend and is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 pm in the Tombaugh Education Building on the museum’s campus.

“The goal of this new club is to provide a stable and well supported organization for area amateur astronomers to further their hobby and interest in observing the cosmos,” said Gondola. A NASA solar system ambassador, Gondola is also an amateur astronomer himself. “I think the most important thing about being a member of a club is that it gives you the opportunity to learn from others in the group and to share your enthusiasm for astronomy not only with each other but with the general public during special events.”

The museum hosts a three day star party each May and offers viewing events for the public during the year when there is an opportunity, for instance during an eclipse or planetary conjunction.

“People love to look at the skies and see things they’ve never seen before,” said Gondola, “and we hope that our Astronomy Club members will enjoy interacting with the public and sharing their knowledge.”

The club is open to adults and students 14 and older with an interest in astronomy and will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Tombaugh Education Building. Although owning a telescope is encouraged, it is not required.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 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 their website or Facebook page.

Museum hosts free Telescope Workshop for new users

The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department will be holding a free telescope workshop on Saturday, January 4, in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building beginning at 10:00 am.

The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope users the basics of set-up and viewing.

“Buying a telescope as a Christmas gift is a great idea, but teaching your child how to use it is sometimes very challenging,” said Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.

“Our goal with this free workshop is to teach parents and aspiring young astronomers tips and techniques that will help them get the most out of this exciting gift that can inspire a lifetime of interest in nature and science.”

Workshop participants should bring their new telescope, along with all of its parts and directions, with them.  Museum educators and local amateur astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to best assemble and use telescopes.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit their website, or  ‘like’ their Facebook page.

NM Museum of Space History hosting free lecture on Space Weather

Almost 160 years ago, a massive solar flare with the energy of 10 billion atomic bombs resulted in the largest geomagnetic storm on Earth ever recorded. It caused sparks to shower from telegraph machines and set papers nearby ablaze.

The night sky was so bright that birds began chirping and laborers began their daily chores.  This was the first collision between solar activity and human technology – but not the last. It will happen again (and almost did just seven years ago).

On Friday, August 2 at 9:00 am, Museum Education Director Dave Dooling will lead the discussion for the free August Launch Pad Lecture on what’s up with the Sun (or down, as it is for now), and how solar storms can damage modern power and communications systems.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on September 6, 2019, and the topic will be The Cape: History of Cape Canaveral with Museum Education Director Dave Dooling.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are also available after the lecture on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 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 website or ‘like’ their Facebook page.

NM Museum of Space hosts free ‘Into the Vault’ presentation Saturday

Every museum has a place where things are collected and stored, and at the New Mexico Museum of Space History that place is the Hubbard Collections, Library and Archives Building.

Typically, that building is only open to researchers by appointment, but on Saturday June 22, it will be host to the free quarterly Into the Vault presentation.  Although a tour of the facility was given in 2018, many new items have been added to the collection and the library has undergone significant changes since then.

New acquisitions of objects from the Russian Space program, the Apollo program, space pop culture and more will be on view. The program starts at 9:00 am and free coffee and donuts are provided.

Join Museum Curator Sue Taylor and Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry as they take visitors behind the scenes to see what has been added, what has changed and how you can utilize this great resource on space history.

The next Into the Vault presentation will be Saturday, September 28.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website. Visitors can also ‘Like’ their Facebook page.

NM Museum of Space Announces Acquisition of German Tornado Aircraft

On Wednesday, officials with the New Mexico Museum of Space History announced the acquisition of a German Air Force Tornado fighter jet.

“We are thrilled to accept this aircraft on behalf of the German Air Force,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “It will serve as a constant reminder of the many years our German friends were a part of our community. We will certainly miss them, but we’re very glad to have this as a symbol of their continuing friendship.”

It will become one of three of the Panavia Tornados on display to the public in the United States. The other two are on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, and at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.

The twin engine, variable-sweep wing combat aircraft has been on display in front of the German Air Force Headquarters at Holloman Air Force Base for the last several years. The vehicle’s tail is painted in New Mexico colors, with a roadrunner and partial Zia symbol prominently featured.

The aircraft is slated for permanent display on the grounds of the museum; however it will have to be moved from its current location inside a hangar at Holloman Air Force Base first. Johnny Powell, new Executive Director of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, is spearheading that move. Desert Sun Motors is the lead sponsor for the move.

“At a little over 56’ long and nearly 20’ high at the tail, the move of the Tornado does present a few logistical challenges,” said Powell.  The move is planned for January 12, when the first leg of its journey will take the aircraft from Holloman to the Otero County Fairgrounds.

“We’ve had incredible support from the GAF and Holloman, along with city, state, and county entities as we’ve been planning this move,” said Powell. In addition, many local businesses have come on board to help with the move.

The ISHF Foundation and Museum of Space History are planning a public event at the Fairgrounds on January 13 for the official hand-over of the aircraft.

Details will be announced in the very near future, but Powell said there will be opportunities for the public to have photos taken with the plane. He added that museum members will enjoy special benefits at the event, including the chance to get much closer to the plane for photos.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 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 website at website or ‘Like’ their Facebook page.

NM Museum of Space History ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ Features The Delta Clipper

While SpaceX and Blue Origin are stunning the world with their vertical launch, vertical landing vehicles, in the early ‘90s, that exact type of spacecraft was tested at White Sands Missile Range.

On Saturday, December 22, visitors can join New Mexico Museum of Space History Curator Sue Taylor and Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry for the quarterly Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes Tour entitled “The Delta Clipper Experimental: A Successful Failure”.

Taylor and Mayberry will be showing seldom seen artifacts from the Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X) program, along with historical photos and documentation. Weather permitting, the duo will also provide a guided tour of DC-X artifacts inside the museum’s Daisy Track building.

The Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes tour is Saturday, December 22, at 9:00 am on the museum first floor. Free coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website or Facebook page.

NM Museum of Space History Hosts Moon Over the Museum Saturday

Once a year, everyone on Earth is invited to join together and learn about our planets nearest neighbor, the Moon.

This year, the New Mexico Museum of Space History, in conjunction with NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night, will be hosting Moon Over the Museum on Saturday, October 20.

This free event starts at 6:30 PM inside the New Horizons Theater with the short film “Moon Bloopers,” a compilation of astronaut antics on the Moon.  At 7:00 PM, everyone is invited to join museum educators and local amateur astronomers in the parking lot just above the New Horizons Theater where several telescopes will be set up.

In addition to viewing the Moon, which will be in its gibbous (three quarter full) phase, several planets should be visible including Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and possibly Mercury. The event is weather permitting.

Parking for the event will be in the large parking lot just beneath the main museum building. Handicapped parking will be available immediately around the New Horizons building.

Visitors are reminded that white light such as flashlights, cell phones, etc. are prohibited in the viewing area. Red lights or flashlights with clear red covers over the lenses are recommended.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 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 their website or their Facebook page

NM Museum of Space History To Host ‘Taking the Plunge: The Galileo Mission’ on Friday

Before it took a fiery dive into Jupiter’s atmosphere, the Galileo spacecraft sent back pictures and data that rewrote our understanding of the largest planet in the solar system and its gaggle of moons (including a few that might harbor life).

On Friday, September 7, Museum Education Director Dave Dooling will host the monthly Launch Pad Lecture, as he looks at how we have explored the biggest of the Gas Giants, and shares a peek at what’s next.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available after the lecture on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on October 5, 2018, and the topic will be Live from Outer Space: The Flight of Apollo 7 with Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

For more information, call 575-437-2840 (toll free 1-877-333-6589) visit the website  or like their Facebook Page.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.

NM Museum of Space History’s Free Lecture for June: America’s First Woman in Space

Almost thirty five years ago, on June 18, 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space. Considered an “achiever” by those who knew her, few people were surprised that she would become America’s first woman to hop a ride aboard a Space Shuttle.

But what about the real Sally? Who was she and why did she inspire so many people?  Why are there so many things dedicated to her honor? There is the Sally Ride EarthKAM, the Sally Ride postage stamp, the Sally Ride Lunar Impact Site, a US Navy research vessel named the Sally Ride and many more memorials to this extremely talented woman.

After her first ride to space, Ride was asked about her experience and she responded, “Ever been to Disneyland? That was definitely an E Ticket!”

On Friday, June 1, join Museum Curator Sue Taylor as she presents the Launch Pad Lecture:  America’s First Woman in Space: Sally and her E-Ticket Ride.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on July 6, 2018, and the topic will be NASA: 60 Years of Launching Our Imagination with Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website or ‘Like’ the Facebook Page.

NM Museum of Space History Hosts Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes Tour Saturday

The Tularosa Basin is known for its natural beauty, the white sands of gypsum and the space program. Wait a minute – the space program? To find out more about how the white sands and rockets go together, the public is invited to the Warehouse 1402 program Space and the Tularosa Basin.

On Saturday, March 24th, Curator Sue Taylor and Assistant Curator Jim Mayberry share stories of the early space program that took place in Alamogordo. The program will start on the first floor of the museum, where special artifacts from the Manhigh program and the high-speed track will be shown.

Then the program moves outside to the Rocket Park where such artifacts as Little Joe II and the case of the missing Apollo Boilerplate will be discussed. Just when you thought you knew it all, you find out there’s more.

The Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes tour will be Saturday, March 24, beginning on the first floor of the museum at 9:00 am. Free coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 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 their website and ‘like’ their Facebook Page.

The Little Joe II rocket is being installed in the John P. Stapp Air and Spark Park at the Museum of Space History in 1976. Learn more about the history of the Little Joe II and other museum artifacts at the free Warehouse 1402 Behind the Scenes Tour on Saturday, March 24, at 9:00 am. (Photo credit: NMMSH)

New Mexico Museum of Space History’s “Trinity Site Motocoach Tour” set for April 7

Ticket sales for the April 7th Motorcoach Tour to Trinity Site are soaring and, in response, the New Mexico Museum of Space History has secured a third bus for the event.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised at the response to this April’s tour and it marks the first time we’ve added a third coach,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “Our first two coaches filled up within a very short period of time and there are a limited number of seats remaining in the third. I highly encourage anyone wishing to go, to book your seat as soon as soon as possible.” Registration is available on the museum’s website. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 23.

The Museum of Space History hosts a motorcoach tour to the site each April and October as part of a fundraiser for its Foundation.  Each coach will have a local historian on board, giving an in-depth talk on the bomb and its story, along with unique insight into local history. Once on site, guests enjoy a brown bag lunch, visit to the McDonald House and go on a walking tour of Trinity Site.

On the way back, there’s a special onboard showing of Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie. Once back in Alamogordo, guests will be treated to a guided tour of the Space Museum to wind up the day.

Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the first Saturday in October. White Sands Missile Range hosts the annual events because this national historic site is on the north end of the normally highly restricted range. Special interpretation at the site is provided by Missile Range staff.

All visitors must have government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Limited advance tickets are on sale now through the museum’s marketing department or online, and include the round trip to Trinity Site, guided tour, brownbag lunch, and guided tour of the museum. The ticket price is $75 per person, or $65 for museum members.

To reserve tickets or for more information, call 575-437-2840 ext. 41132 or visit the website.

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 website or Like their facebook page.

NM Museum of Space History Hosts Lecture “We’re Gonna Do What – Bizarre Rescues in Space”

Space exploration is a risky business and over the years NASA has dealt with a variety of scenarios that show just how dangerous it is. Can astronauts be rescued?

What about the combined U.S./Soviet rescue mission concept and how would the Apollo Soyuz Test Project have fit into that? Have you heard of SAFER – the backpack to rescue stranded space walkers?

On Friday, March 2, join Museum Executive Director Christopher Orwoll as he talks about safety strategies in space and how they worked – or didn’t work – during the free Launch Pad Lecture titled We’re Gonna Do What? Bizarre Rescues in Space.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on April 6, 2018, and the topic will be 2001: The Space Odyssey That Changed the Way We Think with Museum Educator Michael Shinabery.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit their website, ‘Like’ their Facebook page or  call 575-437-2840 (Toll free 1-877-333-6589)

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