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    New Mexico Museum of Space History

    by toonsarah Written Jan 22, 2012

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    Both Chris and I grew up with the Space Race, and both of us have a clear memory of the Moon Landings, especially the first, so a visit to a museum that documents it all was a must! The museum sits on a hill on the east side of Alamogordo, and we were here on a very windy day so we really felt the force of it up here. We could see the effect of the wind too – it was whipping up the white sand (or more accurately gypsum) from the White Sands National Monument some miles to the south and creating a bizarre sort of sandstorm on the far side of town. We were a bit concerned about our planned visit there the next day when we saw this, although in the event the wind dropped overnight and we were to have perfect weather for it – but that’s a story for my next tip.

    Despite the wind we spent a short time looking at the exhibits outside the museum, and if you’re short of time and don’t want to pay the admission for a hurried visit it’s worth knowing that these can be seen for free, as well as that good view of the town and beyond. The exhibits include a Mercury capsule (photo three), which you can climb into and experience just how cramped it would have been for the astronauts who flew in it. I also liked the Little Joe II rocket (main photo). This was used to test the Apollo launch escape system, as it could boost a spacecraft on a path which duplicated an Apollo-Saturn in-flight emergency. During this “emergency”, the Launch Escape system fired and pulled the Command Module containing the astronauts safely away from the booster. Five of these Little Joe II tests were flown from the nearby White Sands Missile Range between August 1963 and January 1966.

    Having finished looking at these and other exhibits we headed inside and paid the $5 admission fee. The museum is very well-organised. You start by taking a lift up to the top floor and from there work your way down a series of ramps passing all the displays and exhibits. There was so much to see! The displays cover the history of rocket science from early rocket experiments to the NASA programme. You can “land” a space shuttle with a simulator (I was very pleased to land it safely at my first attempt!) and go inside a mock-up of the Space Lab (photo five shows Chris pretending he knows which knobs to twiddle!) There is information on meteorites, satellites, commercial space flights and much more. The exhibits are arranged thematically rather than chronologically, so it can seem a little haphazard at times, but most of it is very interesting even to the casual visitor.

    As you walk down the ramps you’ll see that the walls are lined with photos of all those who have been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame, which commemorates the achievements of men and women who have furthered humanity's exploration of space. I was interested to se that this is truly international – there may once have been great rivalry between the US and the then-USSR, but today the achievements of both nations, and many others, are celebrated here. If you’re interested you can see the complete list on the museum’s dedicated Hall of Fame web-page, where you can search by (among other things) nationality to see if your country is represented – I was pleased to see five Brits, including Arthur C Clarke whose books I read avidly as a teenager.

    There is also an IMAX theatre here, which we didn’t visit, and a small gift shop. The museum is open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving, from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. Although we paid $5 admission I note that the website is quoting $6 for adults so prices may have gone up (seniors pay $5 now, and children 4-12 $4).

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    New Mexico Museum of Space History

    by Basaic Written May 19, 2009

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    Museum of Space History

    Alamogordo and the area around this town have been instrumental to the Space Program in the United States. The New Mexico Museum of Space History shows a lot of the history of the space program. The building is sleek and modern and pretty and the exhibits are presented in a very user friendly manner. This museum is a can't miss. Open 9 AM to 5 PM every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The entrance fee is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors (60 and up), military and dependents; and $4 for kids 4 to 12.

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    Toy Train Depot Museum

    by Basaic Written May 19, 2009

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    Toy Train Depot Museum

    Another museum in Alamogordo is the Toy Train Depot Museum. It is located inside an 1898 train depot from Torrance, NM. Inside you will find hundreds of toy trains. You can also take a train ride 2.5 miles around Alameda Park. Hours are 12 PM to 4 PM Wednesday through Sunday.

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    Alameda Zoo

    by Basaic Written May 19, 2009

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    Also in Alamogordo is the Alameda Zoo. The Alameda Zoo was established in 1898 and is the oldest zoo in the southwest. It is fairly small so you will not see animals like Elephants and Giraffes here; but it's still a pretty nice zoo. They also have picnic areas and a playground. Hours are 9 AM (except when I was there they did not open the gates until 9:40) to 5 PM daily except Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission fees are $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for seniors and kids 3 to 11; and free for kids 2 and under.

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    Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum

    by Basaic Updated Feb 3, 2010

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    The Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum was established in 1964 to collect and preserve the history of the Tularosa Basin and the town of Alamogordo. They have a nice collection of artifacts and printed materials crammed into a too small space. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday, the museum is closed on Sundays. Admission is free; but donations are appreciated.

    The first thing you will notice are the exhibits outside. Photo 1 is the exterior of he building; Photo 2 is a Gristmill Burr used for grinding flour; and Photo 3 is the Walk of Honor for the men and women serving in the military; Inside there are quite a number of displays. Photo 4 is a general shot; and Photo 5 shows a rare 47 star flag. These flags are rare becuase New Mexico, the 47th state was followed by Arizona, the 48th state by only 1 1/2 months.

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    Alameda Zoo: Ground Animals

    by Basaic Updated May 19, 2009

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    These are some of the other animals on display. They mostly like to stay on the ground although some of then can and do climb trees. The Coatimundi is mostly from Mexico and South America although you sometimes see them in the Southwest US. I've seen one here in Arizona in the wild. The Markhor Goat is an endangered species from Asia.

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    See White Sands National Monument

    by Basaic Written May 16, 2009

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    White Sands National Monument contains part of a 275 square mile expanse of white Gypsum sand. This is the largest gypsum field in the world. The area offers a glimpse at a unique environment with some unique species of animal and plant life. There are some nice trails you can take to experience this environment including the handicapped accessible Boardwalk Trail. You can also have a picnic, or rent a metaldisk and slide down the dunes. You can hike across the desert off the marked trails but if you do so, make sure you follow the safety guidelines. There is a nice visitors center with some good educational displays and a Nature Center (if it is open).

    For more information see my White Sands National Moument Page coming soon.

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    Stop at the Alamogordo Visitors Center

    by Basaic Updated May 19, 2009

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    Chamber of Commerce

    The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center is located on US Highway 70 and can provide maps of the area, travel brochures, and other information to help you enjoy your trip. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 5 PM Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days.

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    Tularosa Basin Museum: More Displays

    by Basaic Written May 19, 2009

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    Other displays of interest include the Centenniel Quilt; some vintage clothing; Mescalero Apache handicrafts; some military displays; and a cornerstone from a building designed by the famous architectural firm of Trost & Trost.

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    Surf the White Sands

    by Elane77 Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    The White Sands National Monument, southwest of Alamogordo, is one of the most surreal places I've ever been. Nothing but glistening white sand for miles. Fun to play in and a treat to look at. At $5 per person, it was a bargain and can provide a day's adventure or a nice spot for a relaxing picnic.

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    White Sands National Monument

    by Hopkid Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On the Alkali Flat Trail

    The big attraction in Alamogordo is the national monument. If you've ever wanted to see big sand dunes and can't afford to travel to the Sahara or the Gobi, you can still see some impressive dunes here. Located just west of Alamogordo past the main gate to Holloman Air Force Base, the NPS does a great job with trail management considering that the dunes are constantly shifting. There is a nice visitor's center and trail markings and exhibits. I would highly recommend taking the 4.5-mile Alkali Flat hike (somewhat strenuous) and also the ranger-led hikes around sunset. Be sure to take lots of water with you as there isn't anywhere to fill up once you're out in the dunes and temps can get up into the 100s during the summer.

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    Great View of Alamogordo from the Space Museum

    by Elane77 Written Jun 16, 2006

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    Take a trip up the hill to the New Mexico Space Museum of Space History. Up here you'll not only find several important space and military exhibits, but a wonderful view of Alamogordo and the surrounding mountains. We went up there for after the museum had closed and we were all alone to take in the sunset.

    Right next to the museum is the state's only IMAX theatre, which is always a fun time.

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    Mescalero Church

    by Big_Jake Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    aint it grand

    This church is about a 45 minuter drive from Alamoghetto, but interesting to see. Its a cross between catholisim and Apache religions. There is some history behind it but I dont feel like writing that much. We did some landscaping volunteer work to help it look bettter but its gunna take a helluva lot more than jusd pulling weeds.

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    New Mexico Museum of Space History

    by Sharrie Updated Jun 22, 2004

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    NEW MEXICO MUSEUM OF SPACE HISTORY: For more details, please proceed to its official website at SpaceFame.Org.

    Purely for guys only ;-) (IMHO).
    Imagine me discussing about the space program? Nah...

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    Space museum

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Within the musuem, one gets a glimpse of type of food taken while in outer space, 'space toilet', & some virtual simulation of what outer space is like. The history of space exploration is also presented in exhibits form to visitors of the museum.

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