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New Mexico Museum of Space History
Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310
Voice: 505-437-2840
Toll Free: 877-333-6589

To begin your tour of the museum, you will ride the elevator to the fourth floor (gallery 4-A). This gallery contains displays on the first manned space flights, both Soviet and American. An overhead projector will be showing current or archived NASA space flight video. Periodically throughout each day there are presentations within the gallery to provide information to visitors about the International Space Station. Each informative session is followed by a question and answer period where visitors may have their questions answered.

Before man could travel in space, satellites explored the unknown frontier, testing for possible fatal effects of space travel. From Sputnik, launched in 1957, through India's remote sensing satellite, which helps to conserve and manage India's resources, this gallery tells the story of the remarkable technology of the satellite. At the gallery entrance, hanging above, is a replica of America's first satellite, Explorer 1. The gallery also features Sputnik. Sputnik was the first satellite to orbit the earth and launched the "space race." This replica is one of only three full-scale models in the world.

Gallery 3A is called the "Rocket" gallery - the story of rocket development. On the left side of the gallery entrance are panels summarizing the long history of the development of rocketry, and the right side honors the many pioneers in the field. Rocketry displays with large artifacts fill the gallery. Don't miss the exhibit which features the sounds of rocket engines. Push the buttons and hear them roar!

The International Space Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to recognize the imagination, efforts and achievements of those who have endeavored to advance man's knowledge of the universe, and his ability to explore space. New Mexico, and especially the Tularosa Basin, have been home to many pioneers, and have witnessed the developments which made space travel possible. Early sky-watchers from this region coordinated their religious and tribal activities with seasonal changes.

 


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