International Space Hall of Fame Foundation

International Space Hall of Fame Foundation The International Space Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., through volunteer and financial programs, is committed to involvement with and the enhancement of the New Mexico Museum of Space History educational and scientific programs.
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GMS: Jack Schmitt: From Apollo 17 to LRO
12/06/2017
GMS: Jack Schmitt: From Apollo 17 to LRO

GMS: Jack Schmitt: From Apollo 17 to LRO

December 11, 2017 will mark the 45th anniversary of the day NASA's Apollo 17 mission landed on the Moon. This video connects that history to the current Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission through the eyes of astronaut Harrison Schmitt. As a geologist and Apollo 17 crewmember, Schmitt has a unique?...

11/17/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Museum & Theater to Close for Thanksgiving Day
Re-open With Regular Hours November 24

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, November 16, 2017) – The New Mexico Museum of Space History and New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, in order for staff to enjoy the holiday with their families. Both facilities will reopen on Friday, November 24 at 10:00 am.

The New Horizons Theater will be showing The Mystery of the Christmas Star, Back to the Moon for Good, National Parks Adventure and Aircraft Carrier. In addition, live planetarium star shows are scheduled daily. For current showtimes visit the museum website or call the number below.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589

11/17/2017

Congratulations to the New Mexico Museum of Space History!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Space Museum Re-accredited by American Alliance of Museums
Continuing Tradition of Excellence

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, November 16, 2017) – The New Mexico Museum of Space History is pleased to announce that it has been formally re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, continuing a tradition of excellence for more than 24 years. The Museum was first accredited by the AAM in 1993, and has remained in good standing since.

For nearly 50 years, the mark of distinction in the museum field has been accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums and it continues to be so today. Accreditation offers a wide range of benefits to museums, but most importantly it speaks to the commitment that the museum staff has to fulfilling the mission of the museum and to meeting and exceeding best practice standards for museums nationwide.

According to the International Council of Museums, there are approximately 55,000 museums in the world. Of those, only 1,067 are accredited by AAM. The Museum of Space History is also a Smithsonian Affiliate, which puts it in the elite 8% of AAM accredited institutions that carry both prestigious honors – only 87 institutions worldwide. Of all the Smithsonian Affiliates, however, 40% are accredited by AAM.

“We are very pleased that the AAM has re-accredited our museum. It is a testament to the hard work of our staff and supporters, including the Department of Cultural Affairs, Governor’s Commission, Foundation and the City of Alamogordo,” said Museum Executive Director Christopher Orwoll. “The investment that our state is making in the museum continues to pay off, with this re-accreditation and with ever increasing visitors.” The museum exceeded the 100,000 visitor mark this year, for the first time in a decade.

Once a museum is accredited, the process of re-accreditation happens again every ten years in order to make sure institutions are maintaining the standards expected. It’s a process that involves every department of the facility with the application usually taking several weeks to complete. It covers everything from square footage to budget to staffing, and much more. When the self-study is completed, the museum receives feedback from AAM staff, refines the application and then waits for the Accreditation Commission to determine if a site visit is in order. After the site visit, which is normally a group of two peer professionals visiting for one to three days, a report is submitted to the Commission which reviews it and then decides if the re-accreditation is warranted. The entire process can take as long as eight months, sometimes longer.

National Solar Observatory
11/16/2017
National Solar Observatory

National Solar Observatory

Scientists show that #solar flares exhibit oscillations in the energy that they put out. How? By having observatories in multiple places with multiple perspectives.

NASA 360
10/12/2017
NASA 360

NASA 360

An asteroid will pass by Earth tomorrow just above the orbital altitude of communications satellites.

Asteroid trackers from around the globe will use the flyby as an opportunity to test the International Asteroid Warning Network. More: https://go.nasa.gov/2yDYTjf

NASA InSight
08/29/2017
NASA InSight

NASA InSight

My teams at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin and CNES are ramping up work to get me to the launch pad. My launch window to #Mars opens 5/5/18. More about my mission: go.nasa.gov/2xqDqXp

NASA Planetary Missions Program
06/27/2017
NASA Planetary Missions Program

NASA Planetary Missions Program

NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast

NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at noon EDT Friday, June 30, with a special television program featuring the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs). The program will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The broadcast will be part of a 24-hour Asteroid Day program from Broadcasting Center Europe, beginning at 9 p.m. June 29 (1 a.m. June 30 GMT) and streaming online at:

https://asteroidday.org/live

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