Author Will Speak on New Mexico’s Contributions to Space Travel

Author Loretta Hall


New Mexico has the longest continuous record in the nation of research to make space travel possible. In a Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture, author Loretta Hall will describe crucial contributions to manned spaceflight made by scientists, engineers and assorted adventurers, beginning with Robert Goddard’s arrival in Roswell in 1930. The free lecture is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.12 at Fuller Lodge.

In subsequent decades, creative and courageous researchers working in this state refined rocketry and resolved other potential impediments to human spaceflight, including cosmic radiation, prolonged weightlessness, acceleration and deceleration forces, confinement and isolation in a space capsule, and the ability to react appropriately to emergencies in space. New Mexico has played an important role in training astronauts for moon missions and, ultimately, constructed the first purpose-built spaceport for recreational and commercial flights.

Hall is an Albuquerque-based freelance writer and author of five nonfiction books. Her most recent, Out of this World: New Mexico’s Contributions to Space Travel, is the only book to document the historic spaceflight-related research activities in the state and the personal stories of the people who undertook them.

The book has won six awards at the state, regional and national levels, including Best New Mexico Book of 2011 in the New Mexico Book Awards.

Hall’s website,, supplements the book with news items and additional insights. She is a space ambassador for the National Space Society and a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Speakers Bureau.

A book sale and signing after the lecture will feature two authors, the lecturer with her book, Out of this World, and Roger Wiens of Los Alamos National Laboratory and his book on the Mars Rover, Red Rover.