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Space Science Events

Take in a special planetarium show, look through our 16" observatory telescope, or learn about space at one of our special Space Science themed events!


At this time, no events are scheduled at the museum.  Please check back for future events and entrance information.

Upcoming Events

September 27, 2021 - 4:00pm

The Perseverance rover just collected the first-ever samples from Mars which will be eventually sent to Earth for further study, and the Ingenuity helicopter is now an integral part of the team as it scouts ahead of the rover while they travel toward an ancient river delta. Join Dr. Larry Crumpler for a look into doing field geology on Mars and this amazing and historic mission with all of its complexities. The museum is proud to be the only one nationally, other than the Smithsonian Air & Space, to have been involved in both the Spirit/Opportunity and Perseverance missions.

Dr. Larry Crumpler is a museum Research Curator and member of the Perseverance Rover mission science team. He previously was on the development team for the Ingenuity helicopter, the Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit & Opportunity) science team, Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer science team, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (HiRISE) science team. On the Perseverance mission he is responsible for geologic context mapping of the terrain traversed by the rover.

For a chance to ask questions after the talk, please click this link to register on Zoom:

Also watch here (this page may need to be refreshed at the time of the talk).

October 16, 2021 - 5:00pm

  • Saturday, October 16 | Nature Trail Open 5 – 7 p.m.; Night Sky Observing 7 – 9 p.m. (weather permitting)
  • Sandia Mountain Natural History Center | 60 Columbine Ln., Cedar Crest, NM
  • Admission by Donation | No Reservations Required

International Observe the Moon Night brings the world together in studying and appreciating our beautiful natural satellite.  Where better to see the moon and other heavenly objects than in clear mountain skies at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center?

Enjoy a stroll along the Center’s nature trails starting at 5 p.m. while it’s still light outside.  As the sun sets behind the mountains, several telescopes will become available for studying different aspects of the lunar surface.  Museum astronomy educator Dr. Misty Carty will train her telescope on the moon and point out different features on a live display in the visitor center’s amphitheater.  A live broadcast from InOMN will be shown in the Center’s museum, while a loop of educational videos about the moon will be presented in one of the classrooms along with fun lunar activities.

  • This entire event will be held at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center and NOT at the Museum of Natural History’s main building on Mountain and 18th in Albuquerque.
  • Check the Center’s Facebook page on the day of the event in case there’s a change in plans due to weather:
  • Please bring masks to wear inside the museum and classroom in case they are required by a state health order at the time.
  • Remember to maintain social distancing at all times, especially while waiting to look through telescopes.

Find out more about this NASA sponsored international event at the official website:

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