Schedule for the 2021 Virtual Las Cruces Space Festival

The fourth annual Las Cruces Space Festival will be running April 9-12 online. The Festival will feature virtual tours of space-related business and facilities, missions with the Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces, live presentations and Q&As with New Mexico aerospace industry representatives, a live space quiz, Yuri’s Night celebrations and a presentation from retired NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane.

We will also be sharing videos and activities throughout the festival on our facebook page for all ages to enjoy including an art contest held by Dr. Ilhuyolitzin Villicana Pedraza, Astronomy and Physics Faculty of DACC and NMSU and SSA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ambassador for the region. The contest is encouraging students age 3-12 to draw what they imagine the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter will find as it starts its exploration on the red planet.

The drawing must be sent to  in 2 copies: one must have your real name and the other must have a nickname. The drawing with the nickname will be published on the Facebook pages of the SSA JPL ambassador and on the Facebook page of Las Cruces Space Festival 2021. The winners will be the drawings with the most likes on Facebook by category.

The Dona Ana Arts Council is hosting the Dawn of Discovery rotating art exhibit March-May on the Staszewski Library and Gallery wall in DAAC’s Arts and Cultural Center, 250 W. Amador Ave. Go and check out the new art pieces rotating every two weeks. Visit Las Cruces is hosting a “passport to space” competition that encourages residents and visitors to take photos at space-related sites around the city and county, and the Home on the Range: From Ranges to Rocket exhibit is ongoing at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.