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Science Education Planned with New Mexico Museum of Space History


New Mexico Museum of Space History is a striking building with impressive collections set in the hillside east of downtown Alamogordo, New Mexico. The Alamogordo campus of New Mexico State University is nearby.

With the fall, 2013, arrival of the 95-cm Boller & Chivens telescope in New Mexico, in preparation for its being housed near Cloudcroft in the Sacramento Mountains, the Michele and David Mittelman Family Foundation is committed to collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Space History for projects in astronomy education.  The Museum has been a striking landmark in the Sacramento foothills above Alamogordo since 1976.  Long-running programs include the annual New Mexico Space Academy that currently offers summer sessions for students at kindergarten through 12th-grade levels.  Also associated with the Museum is the Amateur Astronomers Group, a new auxiliary organization.  For more information about the Foundation’s Boller & Chivens telescope project, see the related article under Latest News on the HUT Observatory homepage.  The anticipated new initiatives with the Boller & Chivens telescope, in planning with the Museum’s Education Director, David Dooling, will continue a history of telescope projects dating back over a decade, when HUT’s John Briggs contributed an exhibit of 19th century observatory telescopes and related instruments.  For more about the Museum and its programs, see

Museum wide view