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Looking up: Museum of Space History programs join online options for New Mexicans

Holding one of the rockets designed to speed into the stratosphere at 700 mph in search of meteorological data, Dr. Robert Goddard, second from right, with a few of his assistants in Roswell on Sept. 25, 1935. (Associated Press)

For weeks, we’ve stretched our imagination to new heights during the stay-at-home orders across the state.

It’s time to explore the universe.

New Mexico has a long history with the space exploration.

From Robert Goddard’s secretive experiments with early-day rockets in Roswell to the futuristic Spaceport America rising from the desert southeast of Truth or Consequences, the state has played an important role.

This week, the New Mexico Museum of Space History is hitting the ground running by offering many online resources for learning.

The Alamogordo-based museum contains exhibitions ranging from Goddard’s early rocket experiments to a mockup of the International Space Station.

Also, the museum is home of the International Space Hall of Fame.

Its mission is to educate the people of New Mexico and visitors from around the world in the history, science and technology of space.

The museum stresses the significant role that New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. space program through collecting, preserving and interpreting significant artifacts relevant to the history of space.

This is where the online program “From the Space Vault” comes into play. The YouTube series will give viewers a glimpse of artifacts stored away in the museum’s archive.

Imagine seeing a lunar rover that never made it to the moon or a stationary bike that was used for the Apollo astronauts’ physicals at the Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque.

There are four other programs, and details can be found on Page 8.

If that wasn’t enough, this week we’ve got you covered with some streaming opportunities at home – “Mine 9,” “Trolls World Tour” and “Blow the Man Down.” Those can be found on Pages 3, 4 and 6, respectively.

For PBS lovers, the documentary “The Man Who Tried to Feed the World” focuses on Nobel Peace Prize recipient Norman Borlaug. It airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, on New Mexico PBS. Read more on Page 10.

Thank you again for turning to Venue and the Albuquerque Journal for ideas on what to do in this time of self isolation.

Respectfully,
Adrian Gomez
Venue editor

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