The City of Las Cruces hosts the 4th Annual Las Cruces Space Festival, celebrating the impact space has in our daily lives, April 7 – 10, 2022. Southern New Mexico shares a rich history with space exploration that continues to this day. The Las Cruces Space Festival is about commemorating that rich history, showcasing the work and talent that exists in this region, and inspiring the next generation with the possibilities of the future.
It’s also a lot of fun, with a full range of activities for space aficionados, including four-days of fun activities like free space-themed movies at the Rio Grande Theatre, aerospace career talks, Challenger Learning Center missions, and vendor fair on the Plaza de Las Cruces.
The festival will launch on Thursday, April 7, at the Mesilla Valley Mall with the Across Space Art Exhibit, featuring original artwork by local artists as well as the finalists from the 2022 poster contest, starting at 12 p.m. and running throughout the festival.
For those thinking about entering a career field in space technology, the Making Contact Career Night, also at the Mall, runs from 5:30 – 8 p.m., offering scholarship information, high school and college student internship opportunities, interactive exhibits, and more.
Across town at the Rio Grande Theatre, the isolation action film Gravity, with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will screen at 7 p.m.
On Friday, April 8, test your knowledge of the vast unknown with the Big Space Quiz Night at the Broken Spoke Taphouse, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The prize for the winning team will be a Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ telescope! Continuing its mission, The Rio Grande Theatre will screen Christopher Nolan’s deep space opera Interstellar – starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain – at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 presents a full day of activities, with hands-on STEAM activities for curious kids at Plaza de Las Cruces, from 9 a.m. to noon; and space mission simulations at Challenger Learning Center at both 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The 1985 dream big movie Explorers, starring Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, screens at the Rio Grande Theatre at 12 p.m., and Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 adaptation of Arthur C. Clark’s seminal story, 2001: A Space Odyssey, screens at 7 p.m. Also at 7 p.m., the public is invited to join the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces for Moongazing on the Plaza de Las Cruces.
On April 10th, the Festival brings back one of the most popular attractions: Open House at Spaceport America, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Experience aircraft fly-ins, rocket launches, robotics demonstrations, STEAM activities for kids and meet the teams from Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic.
And you won’t want to miss the exhibit Home On The Range: From Ranches to Rockets, at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The exhibit stretches across two galleries and reveals what life was like in the Tularosa Basin during the 20th century, and how events taking place halfway around the world brought about changes that for many ranchers were permanent.
Knowledge is the name of the game at the Las Cruces Space Festival, whether you’re an avid space advocate, or just a curiosity seeker interested in the unknown. For more information on this unique festival, including a detailed schedule of events, visit the website.
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