Have you heard? Space travel is the newest form of travel coming to New Mexico! Soon, people will be able to launch from Spaceport America and see the earth first-hand as only astronauts have been able to see it.
This exciting new travel experience will make New Mexico even more enchanting than it already is!
New Mexico is the perfect place to express – and enhance – your love of science and space, and we’ve crafted a statewide space-centric itinerary sure to send you over the moon.
See a handy map of our itinerary on Pinterest!
Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos
The Bradbury Science Museum, located at Los Alamos National Lab in beautiful Los Alamos, explores a variety of research fields, including space research. It also features resources for parents and teachers as well as a number of activities for children.
National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque
Stop in Albuquerque for a visit to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and a look at the science behind the Manhattan Project, life during the Cold War and a unique collection of missiles, rockets and aircraft. This kid-friendly museum also features exhibits on nanotechnology and clean energy.
Learn more about this museum with Newscastic’s 15 Things You Didn’t Know About the National Museum of Nuclear History and Science
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Albuquerque
This kid-friendly Albuquerque museum features a planetarium and a new interactive instillation, called the Hall of Stars, that allows visitors to explore the night sky across a whole year and in the way someone could see the whose globe on a map. The museum also includes permanent exhibits dedicated to New Mexico’s dinosaurs and fossils as well as numerous temporary and traveling exhibits.
New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo
Head south to Alamogordo to the New Mexico Museum of Space History. There, you can experience what it’s like to be inside the International Space Station in a station mock-up and explore exhibitions ranging from Robert Goddard’s early rocket experiments to the sled that propelled the “Fastest Man Alive” to a speed of 632 mph.
The museum is home to the International Space Hall of Fame and the region’s only IMAX theater. And, it houses the Hubbard Space Science Research Building, home to a trove of NASA photos, publications and collections among other academic-based collections that delight researchers and students.
Very Large Array, Magdalena
Picture your old satellite dish, only much, much bigger and standing with more than 25 just like it, and that’s what you’ll see at the Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories. The VLA is home to 27 antennas, each 82 feet in diameter. See our Day Trip blog.
Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, San Antonio
Go back in time to 1945 and see the site where the world’s first atomic bomb exploded, at the Trinity Site, on what is now White Sands Missile Range. Not only can you see the shallow crater where the bomb exploded, but you can explore the McDonald Ranch House, where Manhattan Project scientists worked.
Space Murals Museum, Organ
Just outside Las Cruces, stop by the Space Murals Museum to get your fill of NASA knick-knacks and other memorabilia.
White Sands Missile Range Museum
Where can you see more than 50 varieties of missiles and rockets? Outside the White Sands Missile Range Museum! Inside the museum, you can learn the science behind the atomic age as well as about life in Southern New Mexico.
National Solar Observatory, Sunspot
If the sun’s your thing, you can visit the National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, where researchers study our solar system’s star. There, you can see a number of impressive telescopes, including the Dunn Solar Telescope, which reaches 136 feet skyward and 228 feet into the earth.
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See where Virgin Atlantic will actually make stellar dreams come true and SpaceX will launch important cargo flights. You can take a bus tour of this wonderful facility until it opens for space tourists!
New Mexico also boasts a number of astronaut training locations along with research test sites and facilities. To learn more about these, see the New Mexico Space Trail.