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New Mexico Space Trail (Paperback)

Joseph T Page II

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ISBN 10: 0738599506 / ISBN 13: 9780738599502
Edité par Arcadia Publishing (SC), United States, 2013
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In the Southwestern United States, the skies above New Mexico have provided an amazing stargazing experience for two millennia. Images of America: New Mexico Space Trail catalogs sites within the state that have inspired humankind to reach for the stars. The Space Trail includes various archaeoastronomy locations, such as Chaco Canyon, which Native Americans used to predict agricultural schedules according to the sun s position during the solstice. Rocket development in Roswell, missile launches in the Tularosa Basin, astronomy efforts around the state, and commercial space flights are just a few of the stops along the trail. Join the journey and discover night skies that are so dark that the Milky Way and its millions of luminous stars create shadows over the desert landscape. N° de réf. du libraire AAS9780738599502

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Titre : New Mexico Space Trail (Paperback)

Éditeur : Arcadia Publishing (SC), United States

Date d'édition : 2013

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre :New

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In the Southwestern United States, the skies above New Mexico have provided an amazing stargazing experience for two millennia. Images of America: New Mexico Space Trail catalogs sites within the state that have inspired humankind to reach for the stars. The Space Trail includes various archaeoastronomy locations, such as Chaco Canyon, which Native Americans used to predict agricultural schedules according to the sun’s position during the solstice. Rocket development in Roswell, missile launches in the Tularosa Basin, astronomy efforts around the state, and commercial space flights are just a few of the stops along the trail. Join the journey and discover night skies that are so dark that the Milky Way and its millions of luminous stars create shadows over the desert landscape.

From the Author:

Working on "Images of America: New Mexico Space Trail," wasan amazing experience and a singular honor. The concept of a "trail,"especially within the Southwest, is nothing new. Adventurers, explorers,families, soldiers, children all have walked or ridden along on many ruttedpathways looking for a better tomorrow. In many ways, the New Mexico SpaceTrail (NMST) offers the same experience - searching for a better future.  All 52 sites on the space trail share nocommon thread - save one: representing space in the past, present and future.

My introduction to the New Mexico Space Trail began while Iwas research my pictorial history on Holloman Air Force Base. The head curatorat the New Mexico Museum of Space History, Mr. George House, allowed me accessto their archives about Holloman's early days of missile testing. As we talked,George showed me the other locations around the state that dealt with spaceexploration, archeaoastronomy, and rockets and missiles - he talked of thisvirtual "trail" sponsored by the NMMSH and recognized by the state government,which linked the whole of space throughout New Mexico. From that moment, I washooked.
After completing the Holloman book, I asked my editors atArcadia Publishing if they'd be interested in a book about the stops on theNMST. They overwhelmingly said "YES!" The NMMSH was also very supportive incollecting information on the various sites, their histories and photos beyondwhat they previously held in their archives.

Something to note about the NMST - a large number of thesites are "closed." Not in the sense of a 9am-5pm tourist site... but one that isnot readily accessible to the public. The military installations, for example,have limited air parks or museums, but are not open for anyone to just drivearound. Educational institutions perform sensitive research that may not allowvisitors tramping around. And private locations were okay with being listedwithin the NMST sites, but didn't want anything beyond that. Overcoming thislimitation, from a historic perspective, was my driving force behind producingthis book.
The sites include (in chronological order of space activity):

  1. Wizard's Roost
  2. Wally's Dome
  3. Tenuco Observatory
  4. Three Rivers Petroglyphs
  5. Chaco Canyon
  6. Scholle Crab Nebula Supernova Petroglyph
  7. Zuni Pueblo Crab Nebula Supernova Petroglyph
  8. Sand Paintings, Navajo Reservation
  9. New Mexico State University
  10. Robert Goddard Rocket Research Site
  11. Kirtland Air Force Base
  12. Holloman Air Force Base
  13. Los Alamos National Laboratory
  14. Walker Air Force Base
  15. Cannon Air Force Base
  16. Sandia National Laboratory
  17. White Sands Missile Range
  18. Trinity Site
  19. NMSU Physical Science Laboratory
  20. Alleged UFO Crash Sites
  21. Sacramento Peak, Sunspot, New Mexico
  22. University of New Mexico Campus Observatory
  23. New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  24. Lovelace Medical Center
  25. McGregor Range
  26. New Mexico Tech
  27. Atlas Missile Silos
  28. White Sands Test Facility
  29. Bradbury Science Museum
  30. Valles Caldera National Preserve
  31. Philmont Boy Scout Ranch
  32. Tzec Maun Observatory
  33. Zuni Salt Lake
  34. National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
  35. Roswell Museum and Art Center
  36. Taos/Rio Grande Gorge
  37. Clyde W. Tombaugh Campus Observatory
  38. Very Large Array Radio Telescope
  39. New Mexico Museum of Space History
  40. White Sands Space Harbor
  41. Tortugas Mountain Planetary Observatory
  42. University of New Mexico's Capilla Peak Observatory
  43. High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility
  44. Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System
  45. Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility
  46. International UFO Museum Research Center
  47. Apache Point Observatory
  48. Comet Hale Bopp Co-discovered, Cloudcroft, New Mexico
  49. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science/Planetarium
  50. Spaceport America
  51. Virgin Galactic International Headquarters
  52. Magdalena Ridge Observatory
The book includes at least one photo of every site on theNMST, or an image relevant to the site (e.g. Comet Hale-Bopp). The mapsincluded within are crude for traveling purposes, but give the reader a senseof how spread out some of these sites are. Historical facts and figures areincorporated into the image captions.

If you're interested in traveling the New Mexico SpaceTrail, this book will be invaluable to your pre-travel research efforts.

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