First-Ever New Mexico Space Festival is coming to Las Cruses
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The First-Ever New Mexico Space Festival is coming to Las Cruses

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The Las Cruces Space Festival kicks-off Thursday, April 12th and goes to Saturday, April 14th. This is New Mexico’s first ever space festival and will commensurate the anniversary of the first human space flight when the USSR launched Yuri Gagarin into a single orbit around Earth on April 12, 1961.

The theme of this celestial event is “Making Space for Everyone.”  Thursday, April 12th is a kid-friendly and family-friendly day for homes in Las Cruces NM residents and visitors. “Celebration” will be held on New Mexico State Campus (NMSU) and will include demonstrations and star gazing during the day at NMSU, a free Mars Mission at the Challenger Learning Center, mobile planetarium, solar observations, space talks, and a space quiz. A free movie screening on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” will begin at 7 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre on Main Street.

“Raising Awareness” will take place on Friday, April 13th from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This will include interactive exhibits, Mars Mission at the Challenger Center, space heritage displays, and space talks. The space-themed movie, “The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy,” will be shown at Rio Grande Theatre on Main Street starting at 7 p.m.

“Entertainment” on Saturday, April 14th will be held at Plaza de Las Cruces and surrounding locations in the downtown Lac Cruses area. This will begin at 11 a.m. with the Mars Mission and “Toy Story” space movie featuring Buzz Lightyear at noon. The City of Las Cruces will reveal a full-size reproduction of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo which will be on display at 2 p.m. in the parking lot to the northwest of City Hall. There will be a spacewalk on Main Street at 3 p.m. Events at the Plaza de Las Cruces will go from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Las Cruces Space Festival taking place this week will be both educational and educational, and are perfect for family, friends, and homes in Las Cruces NM residents to attend. For official information about this event please visit the official Las Cruses Space Festival website.

 

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