Las Cruces, New Mexico—the place for space and official city of Spaceport America—will host the Las Cruces Space Festival April 7–10. With a mission of “Making Space for Everyone,” the 2022 festival will feature four days of free space-related events in Las Cruces and at Spaceport America.

Las Cruces and southern New Mexico has played a huge role in the history of space exploration and research. In addition to celebrating this history, the Las Cruces Space Festival will offer a variety of events from art to stargazing, movies, education and more.

Events will kick off on Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesilla Valley Mall with a career fair to connect people with aerospace career and education opportunities. On Friday, April 8, look to the skies for a special Celestron sponsored stargazing event.

From 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9, events will take place on the Plaza de Las Cruces, including hands-on and interactive space science activities. Additionally, Saturday will feature two missions to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., as well as a space trivia competition and free sci-fi movies at the Rio Grande Theater.

On Sunday, April 10, explore the world’s first commercial built spaceport—Spaceport America—with an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the hangar, as well as a fly-in, mini rocket launches and interactive STEM activities. To attend the Spaceport America Open House, visitors must register in advance at

Movies will be held nightly at the Rio Grande Theater at 7:00 p.m. Showings will include Gravity on April 7, Interstellar on April 8, Space Camp on April 9 (matinee showing at 1:00 p.m.), and 2001: A Space Odyssey on April 9.

Throughout the festival, a local art exhibit titled “Across Space” will be on display at the Mesilla Valley Mall, and there will be a festival-long raffle for a StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ telescope.

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