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Mobile space museum will be at UFO Festival

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This year’s mobile museum program of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs focuses on exhibits from the New Mexico Museum of Space History. It is scheduled to be at the UFO Festival in Roswell in July. (Submitted Photo)

A mobile space museum will be one of the features of the 2019 UFO Festival in Roswell In July.

The Wonders on Wheels Mobile Museum, a New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs program, will be at the festival on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, according to MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay.

Cultural Affairs Education and Outreach Coordinator Jamie Brytowski said the free museum inside a wheelchair-accessible recreational vehicle is designed to bring some of the exhibits and collections of state-operated museums to outlying areas in the state. The program typically travels to all 33 counties each year, targeting rural and tribal schools and libraries, and will respond to requests to be at public events when possible.

This year, the mobile museum is presenting “A Galaxy of Wonders,” focusing on the exhibits and collections of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, based in Alamogordo.

“It is all about space,” Brytowski said, “and especially the Apollo 11, since it is the 50th anniversary.”

Apollo 11 and U.S. astronauts landed on the moon July 20, 1969.

Other exhibits focus on space food, a map of New Mexico sites for important space exploration events, the International Space Station, the future of space travel and space geology, to name some of the topics covered, Brytowski said.

“It is really appropriate for all ages,” she said. “There is a lot of information for everybody. We tailor it to younger folks when we do a show for them, but it is really for everybody.”

She said people can spend as little or as much time as they want looking at the exhibits.

“Usually at events, people go through at their own rates, but I would say, 15 to 20 minutes,” she said. “There is enough cool, mind-blowing and hilarious stuff to keep most people busy that long.”

The city’s annual UFO Festival draws an international crowd of about 20,000 each year for citywide events that include lectures, planetarium shows, family attractions, vendor booths and entertainment.

This year, the festival will occur July 5-7. Information about other planned activities are on the event website, ufofestivalroswell.com.