Posts From The Road: NM Museum Of Space History

Museum and Hall of Fame: The entire campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History sits high on a hillside on the eastern side of Alamogordo overlooking the city below. Shown is the facility which houses the museum and International Space Hall of  Fame. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Space History Exhibit: Shown is a display in the space history section of the museum. Hundreds of items used in the space program as well as hardware used are displayed throughout the museum. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Space Station 2001: A mock up display of Space Station 2001 is included in the museum offering visitors an opportunity to step inside the space station. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

 

The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo offers a variety of space related exhibits and facilities such as space history, the International Space Hall of Fame, the John P. Strapp Air and Space Park, The Clyde W. Tombaugh Education Center, the New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium and more.

We recently explored the museum and space park one afternoon and the education center and planetarium on a second visit. 

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

LANL Technology: This and other LANL displays are included in the Clyde W. Tombaugh Education Center. The displays cover a wide range of space activity including some that LANL is working on. The New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium (named for the spacecraft that flew by Pluto in 2015) is also in the education center. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Elevator: Visitors are given the feeling of stepping into a spacecraft as they enter the elevator in the museum as the walls and ceiling are covered with photos of the control panels as seen in a spacecraft. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Nike Ajax: The Nike Ajax surface-to-air missile with launcher sits in the John P. Strapp Air and Space Park located outdoors nest to the museum. Many missiles, rockets, drones and other spacecraft are displayed in the park. Seen is the background of the photo is the city of Alamogordo as seen from the museum. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Rocket Engine: An F-1 Rocket Engine is another of the many items on display in the Air and Space Park. This engine is the most powerful single chamber, liquid-fuel rocket engine ever flown. Five of these engines were used to power the first stage of the Saturn V rocket which carried astronauts to the moon. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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