The Las Cruces Space Festival launches in one month! We have so many activities planned for April 7-13th, 2019 that it has become increasingly difficult to create a schedule on one page without it becoming overwhelming! So, we hope this rundown will help you navigate with ease.
Registration for the Spaceport America ‘Open House’ which launches the Festival on Sunday, April 7th, has now been running for one month with over 600 vehicles signed up to join us. Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot, Dave Mackay, will be joining the Festival launch to discuss the companies’ successful run of test flights and earning his Astronaut wings. Registration will close on April 4th, so please do not leave it too late to join us!
Missions at the Challenger Learning Center are now open for registration. There will be seven missions available throughout the festival and advanced registration is required as places are limited to 30 per mission. Missions are recommended for children aged eight and up.
The Festival is proud to include keynote talks and presentations from over twenty leading space experts from local and international organizations.
Our Place In Space- Las Cruces will launch with a ‘live art’ workshop on the Plaza de Las Cruces on Saturday March 23rd, with an opportunity to see local artists interpret and be inspired by the images captured by the Hubble Telescope. The art created will later be displayed alongside the Hubble images throughout the City in the ‘Our Place In Space- Las Cruces’ exhibition, which will open on Monday April 8th. 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.
Tim Fitzpatrick, Artist in Residence for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in New Mexico, will be creating site specific art on the landscape as part of his installation ‘Hand Made Light‘. You will be able to hear about his exhibitions during his presentation on Monday April 8th at the Southwest Environmental Center.
Think you know space? Challenge yourself at the Big Space Quiz on April 10th at the Game Bar and Grill on Espina from 7pm. 2018’s champions achieved an astounding 100% accuracy.
Making Contact at the Las Cruces Convention Center will run from 11am-7pm on Thursday April 11th. Representatives from NASA, White Sands Missile Range, Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America and many more space related organizations will be on hand to showcase the growing space industry in New Mexico. This is particularly a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about space-related career fields and what paths to take to achieve success.
We have a strong line-up of events at the Rio Grande Theatre. On top of the five classic space movies spread across the week, we will also be featuring presentations by Chris Churchill on Thursday April 11th ahead of the movie ‘Contact’ and NMSU Graduate, Alires Almon on Friday April 12th alongside excerpts from plays ‘Yuri‘ and ‘Silent Sky’.
Also on Friday April 12th, downtown Las Cruces will be celebrating Yuri’s Night. The ‘space walk’ will be lots of fun for the family, come dressed as your favorite space character, real or imaginary, the more adventurous costumes on display the better on the Plaza de Las Cruces. ‘Live’ music will follow, provided on the Plaza stage by local band ‘Triple Jack’.
Want to escape the noise and the crowds? Two stargazing parties are being held on Friday April 12th; one at White Sands National Monument, and one at Dripping Springs in the Organ Mountains where the NMSU Astronomy department and the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will guide visitors to get the best views of star constellations and distant galaxies.
The Las Cruces Space Festival is all about ‘making space for everyone’. On Saturday April 13th there will be tons of interactive exhibitions and booths on the Plaza de Las Cruces from 10-2pm. NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit will be discussing his three space flights on the stage at the Plaza de Las Cruces followed by a ‘meet and greet’. Younger audiences will also be entertained by WALL-E at the Rio Grande Theatre at noon, followed by Science Girl’s Laboratory.
Yuri’s Night events will also be held in Truth or Consequences on Saturday April 13th with a space-themed Second Saturday Art Hop.
For a full schedule of all the events and speakers, please visit the interactive calendar on the homepage of our website.