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New Mexico Museum of Space History is Far Out!

New Mexico has played a significant role in the U.S. Space Program, from Robert Goddard’s rocketry innovations in Roswell back in 1930, to the establishment of the White Sands Proving Ground in support of the Manhattan Project and a variety of missile and rocket testing, to radio telescopes at the Very Large Array. Researchers in New Mexico have found answers to major manned spaceflight questions, and The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a national sentry for education, collecting, preserving, and interpreting significant artifacts relevant to the history of space.

It’s a sleek building on the side of an impressive mountain. The surroundings and views are just breathtaking. With four floors, here is some of what you’ll experience and interact with:
Prepare to have your mind blown. Some favorites on exhibit include Ham the chimp’s space suit with a photo of him as he prepared for his space journey in 1961 (he is also buried here), and a replica of the Trinity site monument where the first atomic bomb was exploded. You’ll love going in the Mercury Capsule, re-living the space flights and remembering the true astronaut heroes. There are space suits to wear, too. Outside the building is a view of the truly awesome White Sands National Monument from their outdoor exhibit of authentic rockets and space vehicles that demand your up-close and personal inspection.

– The International Space Hall of Fame. Commemorates the achievements of men and women who have furthered humanity’s exploration of space.
– The John P. Stapp Air & Space Park. Displays larger exhibits, such as the Apollo program’s Little Joe II rocket and the rocket sled that “Fastest Man Alive” Stapp rode to 632 mph.
– Daisy Track. Commemorates aeromedical and space related tests which were crucial in developing components for NASA’s Project Mercury orbital flights and the Project Apollo moon landings.
– The Clyde W. Tombaugh IMAX Theater. The only such theater in southern New Mexico, it’s a state-of-the-art wraparound screen with surround sound.
– Astronaut Memorial Garden. A tribute to the Apollo 1 and Space Shuttle Challenger & Columbia astronauts.
– The Hubbard Space Science Research Building. Home to the Museum’s new archives and library. Researchers and students will find an academic-based collection of New Mexico space history, Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range information and photos, as well as NASA publications, photos, and collections.

Prepare to have your mind blown. Some favorites on exhibit include Ham the Chimp’s space suit with a photo of him as he prepared for his space journey in 1961 (he is also buried here), and a replica of the Trinity site monument where the first atomic bomb was exploded. You’ll love going in the Mercury Capsule, re-living the space flights and remembering the true astronaut heroes. There are space suits to wear, too. Outside the building is a view of the truly awesome White Sands National Monument from their outdoor exhibit of authentic rockets and space vehicles that demand your up-close and personal inspection.

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