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The International UFO Museum & Research Center covers the 1947 event for which Roswell is best known with exhibits and lectures. (Courtesy of City Of Roswell)

Visitors welcome

Roswell may be best-known for an event that still resonates around the world more than 65 years after some kind of object crashed on a ranch outside the city in southeastern New Mexico.

Those who enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides will no doubt be onboard for dog sledding trips with Alaskan huskies that will take visitors on an hourlong jaunt over a scenic forest trail at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. (Courtesy of Purgatory At Durango Mountain Resort)

Let it snow

This may not be exactly accurate in the vernacular of weather forecasting, but think of the coming ski season as “Quién Sabe.”

Entering on the main road into the Spaceport America facility you see the back side of  the Virgin Galitic Gateway to Space terminal/hanger building and with the San Andres Mts. Wednesday, May. 29, 2013.

Countdown to launch

SPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M. – It’s a bit hazardous these days to traverse the seven miles of dir …

The Virgin Galactic building, in which future astronauts will be trained and launch vehicles prepared, offers a neat reflection of the Follow the Sun Tours bus, some of the 50 passengers that day and the San Andres Mountains to the east. (Rio Rancho Observer—GARY HERRON photo)

Countdown under way for space travel from N.M.

En route to Spaceport America last weekend, a passenger on the Follow the Sun Tours bus remembered squatting in front of his parents’ TV the morning of May 5, 1961, and using a small reel-to-reel recorder to get the historic moment on tape.

Future passengers gather in Mojave, Calif., on Wednesday near the Virgin Galactic spaceship that will ferry them into space one day. (Courtesy of Virgin Galactic)

‘Astronauts’ in waiting

More than 400 “future astronauts” crowded around the Virgin Galactic spaceship that will one day rocket them beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.