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NM Museum of Space History Talks Total Solar Eclipse Friday

Alamogordo – Roughly every 18 months or so, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on the globe. For the first time in 26 years, this incredible event is coming to America – but the path of totality is only about 70 miles wide starting in Oregon and ending in South Carolina.

The rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse, with the percentage depending on where you are. Learn more about this exciting celestial event and how to view it safely during the free Launch Pad Lecture at 9:00 am on Friday, August 4th, at the New Mexico Museum of Space History with well-known amateur astronomer James Tomaka.

Tomaka worked as a NASA contractor Systems Engineer supporting the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Program for over 27 years. Since 2012, Mr. Tomaka has been employed by Trax International as the Optics Staff Engineer supporting the Army’s mission at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

Jim is well-known in the amateur astronomy community and also serves as a volunteer ranger at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park handling the night sky interpretive program. In addition to his regular full-time job, he has been actively volunteering in supporting science–related activities in the local community.

These events bring Mr. Tomaka in contact with between 500 to 1000 elementary, middle and high school students per year. He has leveraged his contacts through his career at NASA, along with the US Army, to bring educational outreach materials to these students and their teachers in south-central New Mexico and encourage a new generation of scientist and engineers.

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 1, 2017 and the topic will be A Long Way From Home: The Trip of Voyager 1 with Museum Curator Sue Taylor.

For updates and more information, visit the museum’s Facebook page.

Address:  3198 State Rd 2001  |   Alamogordo, New Mexico, NM 88310   (575) 437-2840

Launch Pad Lecture at NM Museum of Space History: The Dean of Science Fiction

Did you know that the man known as a “Dean of Science Fiction” actually hailed from the small town of Portales, New Mexico? Jack Williamson was a prolific science fiction author, teacher, and traveler – whether aboard a boat, plane, or train boxcar.

Remember the pulp magazine Amazing Stories? In 1928, when Williamson was only 20, he sold his first story to the magazine and went on to become one of the most popular science fiction authors of the early 20th century.

Williamson, a New Mexico native, said of his early life, “We lived on isolated farms and ranches, far from anybody, and when I was young I knew very few other kids, so I lived to a great extent in my imagination.”

The winner of two Hugos and a Nebulae award, Williamson used that imagination to write hundreds of popular science fiction stories and books.

Learn more about this amazing New Mexico native during the free Launch Pad Lecture on at 9:00 am on Friday, July 7th at the New Mexico Museum of Space History with Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery.

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

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 August 4, 2017 and the topic will be Total Solar Eclipse: What You Need to Know with Museum Education Director Dave Dooling.

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 (toll free 1-877-333-6589)or visit their website or Facebook page.

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