Space Murals, Inc.: "The People's Museum"

If you're driving along Highway 70 in New Mexico, you shouldn't be surprised to see a water tank with a space mural painted on it by the side of the road... after all, the White Sands Missile Range is just over the pass to the east. Alongside the tank is a small museum, filled with all sorts of space memorabilia. The booklet from the museum describes itself thusly:

The facility consists of a 1,200,000 gallon water tank, with murals circling the tank. This tank depicts the progress of the US Space Program from the beginning to the fatal accident of the Challenger.

The Memorial honors all those courageous people who have given their lives for the exploration of space.

Space Murals, Inc. has been called "The People's Museum," due to the fact that many of the artifacts have been donated or are on loan from the people who were active in the space program. New artifacts are arriving almost daily. Visitors from the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia have left some interesting and encouraging remarks in the visitor's book.

If you happen to be in the area, be sure to drop by. The museum is open from 9 to 6 Monday thru Saturday, and from 10 to 6 on Sunday. It's definitely worth an hour or so of your time... you'll spend more than that reading all of the newspaper clippings on the walls! And if you're not in the area, you can visit their web site at:

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