In a letter to the United States Space Command, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), along with New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, urged General Raymond to “fully incorporate and leverage New Mexico’s existing public and private sector space capabilities.”
New Mexico is home to several key Department of Defense space research and acquisition directorates at Kirtland Air Force Base, Spaceport America, two national laboratories, flagship research universities, and a growing list of innovative private space companies. The delegation urged the U.S. Space Command to include New Mexico in the future of the United States Space Force.
The space industry in New Mexico represents thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact. The delegation laid out a list of existing space assets and recognized the Las Cruces Space Festival as “working to develop the next generation of space leaders and culture of space excellence in New Mexico”.
The Las Cruces Space Festival is honored to be acknowledged for the work we are doing in promoting STEM education in Southern New Mexico and giving our local community access to this growing and exciting industry. We are planning a week of free activities from March 30- April 4, to include NASA workshops in schools, missions at the Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces, movies at the Rio Grande Theater, an education and career expo at Sierra Middle School, stargazing at NMSU, art exhibit “Dawn of Discovery” and hands on activities at the Plaza de Las Cruces. You can learn more about all our events on our website and social media pages.