The inaugural Las Cruces Space Festival in 2018 featured three guest speakers. In 2019, the Festival will include over 20 keynote talks and presentations.
Las Cruces Space Festival Director Jonathan Firth, will be opening the Festival at Spaceport America on Sunday April 7th at 10.15am.
Spaceport Authority Business Development Director, Susan Raitt, will be presenting an update on activities at the world’s first commercial spaceport. Susan is scheduled to speak at 10.30am and 1.00pm at Spaceport America on April 7th.
Former NASA Astronaut and current Virgin Galactic Astronaut Pilot CJ Sturckow, will be joining the Las Cruces Space Festival at the launch event on April 7th at Spaceport America. CJ Sturckow will be presenting at 11.00am and again at 1.30pm to discuss Virgin Galactic’s run of successful test flights and future New Mexico operations.
‘Genesis‘ artist Otto Rigan will be revisiting his sculpture at Spaceport America and giving a talk on what inspired his creation at 11.30am on April 7th.
Spaceport America’s Vice President of Aerospace Operations, Dr. Bill Gutman, will be entertaining visitors to the ‘Open House’ on April 7th with his engaging science experiments at 10.30 am, 11.30am, 12.45pm and 1.45pm.
Assistant Director of Operations at National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Dr. Mark McKinnon, will be presenting an update on the work conducted at the Very Large Array and plans for the future during the Spaceport America Open House on April 7th at 2.30pm.
Author of ‘New Mexico Space Trail‘, Joseph Page II will be signing books at Spaceport America and will be giving a presentation on his published works at 2.00pm.
Tim Fitzpatrick, Artist In Resident for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in New Mexico, will be giving a presentation on his site specific installation series ‘Hand Made Light’ at the Southwest Environmental Center at 6.00pm on Monday April 8th. Tim will also be talking about his installation at Kilbourne Hole on Tuesday April 9th at 11.00am, and will reveal his week of activity on the Plaza de Las Cruces on Saturday April 13th at 12.00pm.
Space Telescope Science Institute Associate Director of Operations at the European Space Agency, Dr. Antonella Nota, will be delivering an address on ‘Our Place In Space’ at the Southwest Environmental Center at 6.45pm on Monday April 8th. The curators of ‘Our Place In Space- Las Cruces’ exhibition, Brenda Trinidad and Lori McCravey, will also speak.
Assistant Professor at New Mexico State’s Department of Geological Sciences, Dr. Emily Johnson, will be at Kilbourne Hole on Tuesday April 9th talking about the geological significance of the volcanic maar and the Apollo geology training in the area which occurred 50 years ago just months prior to the successful ‘Apollo 11’ landing.
Director of NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory, Henry Cathey will be talking about his work in support of NASA’s high-altitude balloon program. His presentation ‘A Trip to the Stratosphere’ at 5.00pm at Southwest Environmental Center on Tuesday April 9th.
President and CEO of Resilient Solutions 21, Charles Rath will be delivering an address at Southwest Environmental Center at 6.15pm on Tuesday April 9th. Rath’s entrepreneurial satellite data company RS21 has been recognized as the fastest- growing firm in New Mexico
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solution Chair, Bill McCamley will be talking about New Mexico’s workforce solutions and the state’s growing Space Industry at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Thursday April 11th at 5.00pm.
Magdalena Ridge Observatory Program Director Dr. Ifan Payne will be at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Thursday April 11th to present ‘A History and Development of New Mexico’s Most Powerful Optical Telescope’ at 5.30pm.
New Space New Mexico Founder and Director, Casey DeRaad will be speaking at the Las Cruces Convention Center on April 11th about the organization and its recent published study report on the emerging space opportunity in New Mexico.
Co-Investigator and Geology Team Leader on the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Project (Spirit and Opportunity), Dr. James Rice, will be presenting his talk ‘From the Sea of Tranquility to the Mountains of Mars’ at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Thursday April 11th at 6.00pm.
NMSU Astronomy Professor Dr. Chris Churchill will be presenting ‘The Journey of Discovery to the Final Frontier’ ahead of the movie Contact at the Rio Grande Theatre at 6.15pm on Thursday April 11th. Dr. Churchill will also be leading activities at the stargazing party at Dripping Springs on Friday April 12th.
NMSU Department of Engineering Professor, Dr. Zohrab Samani will be talking at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum on Thursday April 11th from 7.00pm. Dr. Samani will be discussing the ‘Application of Remote Sensing Technology in Water Management’
Assistant Professor of Landscape Hydrology at NMSU, Dr. Hatim Geli will be discussing the ‘Use of Satellite Information to Improve New Mexico’s Agricultural Production and Water Efficiency’ at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum from 7.30pm on Thursday April 11th.
Magdalena Ridge Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications, Colleen Gino, will be presenting on ‘Small Telescopes at a Major Observatory’ at La Cueva picnic spot in the Dripping Springs area of the Organ Mountains on April 12th at 7.30pm.
Las Cruces Space Festival is looking forward to welcoming back Orchestrator of Engagement at the 100 Year Starship Project, as well as Principle Investigator of the Deep Space Predictive Research Team, Alires Almon. NMSU Graduate Alires, will be delivering her vision on ‘Space: Our Dream and Our Reality’ at the Rio Grande Theatre at 7.45pm as part of our Yuri’s Night celebrations on Friday April 12th.
New Mexico based Space Author Loretta Hall will be signing books on the Plaza de Las Cruces on Saturday April 13th and will be talking about her eight publications including her children’s book ‘Miguel and Michelle visit Spaceport America‘.
For more information on the events listed, visit the interactive event calendar on the homepage of our website.