Hey Las Cruces, Get Ready for Spacestock!

Las Cruces is throwing itself a space party this year, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Organizers say the first edition of the Las Cruces Space Festival, to be held April 12 and 14, will be a small affair and they hope it will grow over the years. The idea is to showcase the region’s aerospace industry, show people what has been accomplished in southern New Mexico and encourage new generations of Las Crucens to enter the growing aerospace field.

The date, April 12, was selected to coincide with the anniversary of human space flight, when the USSR launched Yuri Gagarin into a single orbit around the earth in 1961.

“The intent of the festival is to celebrate what we already do in space, not worry about what’s coming,” said Pat Hynes, director of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University.

Hynes said plans are still developing, but events will allow the public to learn about space-related activity in the region. On Saturday, April 14, various activities will be set up around the Plaza de Las Cruces which may include informational booths, a possible space-related movie at the Rio Grande Theatre and other activities.


  • Hemingway

    One event should be the auctioning of Spacepork America to the highest bidder.

  • Hemingway

    The Spotniks will perform its hit “Rocket Man”


  • Douglas Messier

    Man, those are some really great special effects.

  • Hemingway

    Then there is the 1977 band Space with their hit “Magic Fly”


  • As usual, everything about Space in New Mexico is hyped.
    From the original article, “[Firth] also pointed to the Mojave Marathon, which started with two runners in April, 2012 and has grown to roughly 150 runners.”

    The TRUTH: The 2017 Mojave Marathon had 21 runners and 5 volunteers. And the race fee was $15. Las Cruces politicians would, of course, call this a great success and full justification for the millions spent on the spaceport.

    Spaceport America could really be called the ISS. No, not the “International Space Station”, but the “Incredible Shrinking Spaceport.” But Spaceport Camden already has earned that distinctive achievement.