Out of this World – New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel
Progress toward space travelaccelerated rapidly during the twentieth century, with manned orbital flights being achieved less than sixty years after the Wright Brothers’ first airplane flight. The amazingly quick development of the United States’ space program resulted from the efforts of thousands of people scattered throughout the country. Many crucial experiments took place in New Mexico. Out of this World tells the stories—ranging from hair raising to humorous—of people and animals who worked to develop powerful liquid-fuel rockets, determine the hazards of cosmic radiation, examine the physical and psychological effects of weightlessness, test spacecraft components and safety equipment, devise and implement procedures to evaluate astronaut candidates, search the skies for destinations, scrutinize UFO appearances and possible alien landings on Earth, train astronauts for Moon missions, and—ultimately—construct the first purpose-built spaceport for recreational and commercial flights. From Goddard’s early flights to today’s Virgin Galactic’s pioneering commercial flights, New Mexico has provided fertile soil for cultivating space travel for fun and profit
About Loretta Hall (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Loretta Hall remembers being enthralled with NASA’s manned space program from Mercury’s first suborbital flight through Apollo’s moon missions. Those pioneering days were filled with widespread excitement as man ventured away from Mother Earth. Loretta sees a similar wave of fascination and awe now as private enterprise develops a fantastic array of new vehicles for space tourism as well as scientific research. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a three hour drive north of Spaceport America. Loretta is a Certified Space Ambassador for the National Space Society and an active member of the National Federation of Press Women.