Alamogordo is a small town of about 20,000 residents in south central New Mexico, about an hour north of El Paso, Texas. Alamogordo's largest employer is the nearby Holloman Air Force Base, which has a rich history of air and space superiority and stealth technology. Although it's a small town, there's a lot to do there, but you wouldn't know it just driving through. So, next time you're in the area, stop for a bit. You'll be glad you did.
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White Sands National Monument
This is one of the most remarkable geophysical phenomena I've ever laid eyes on, in any country of the world. The sand is soft, cool, whiter than snow and rolls on as far as the eye can see. Corralled in a ring of ragged desert mountains, there is something distinctly spiritual about watching the sunset over the San Andres Mountains, the last rays of which cast a pink hue to the silky rolling dunes spread out in all directions.
New Mexico Museum of Space History
This museum can be seen from all over the valley as it sits up on the foothills of the Sacramento Mountains. There is a huge rocket standing vertically outside surrounded by several smaller rockets, communication equipment, and space memorabilia. Inside, there is a small admission fee and gift shop on the main level. Once you pay, just take the elevator up to the top and walk your way back down. Each floor has lots of informative space information, pictures and bios of astronauts, New Mexico's huge part in the space mission, and lots of space suits, rockets, satellites, drones, and other objects on display.