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Free October Launch Pad Lecture Highlights System Engineering for Space Missions

What: The monthly Launch Pad Lecture at the New Mexico Museum of Space History will feature Lockheed Martin Associate Fellow Sara A. Kerner who will be presenting “Systems Engineering for Space Missions.” Kerner will be providing an overview of different space missions and how engineers build systems for space-based observation and exploration. Kerner will be appearing via Zoom.

Friday, October 6, 2023, at 9:00 am.

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Public Meeting US 60 Socorro Alignment Study

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) invites you to a public meeting to discuss a study underway for U.S. Highway 60 in Socorro between Mantanza Arroyo (milepost 136.2) and South California Street (milepost 139).

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Creative Industries Funds Awarded to 18 Projects Statewide

Contractor Selected for Creative Industries Division Study 

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) announced that 18 projects in 15 communities and 3 pueblos across New Mexico are recipients of the inaugural Creative Industries Grant Awards. 

The grants flow from House Bill 8, passed during the 2023 Legislature, that establishes the Creative Industries Division as part of the Economic Development Department. The newly announced grants will catalyze local communities and tribes to stimulate advancement or economic development through creative industries. A total of $1.8 million is being awarded. 

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Governor tests positive for COVID-19

Governor tests positive for COVID-19

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19. 

She is experiencing some minimal symptoms and will continue working virtually throughout this week.  

Important steps to protect your eyes during the upcoming solar eclipse on October 14, 2023

SANTA FE — On October 14, New Mexicans will be able to witness a solar eclipse and should be aware of the steps they can take to protect their eyesight if they want to view the event. 

Solar eclipses occur when the moon moves between the sun and the earth. It is never safe to look at a partial solar eclipse without proper safety equipment or techniques. During the very brief time the sun is in a total solar eclipse it is safe to look at it, but people should do so with extreme caution as it does not last long.  

"When it comes to witnessing the October 14 solar eclipse, choosing the right eye protection is non-negotiable,” said Patrick Allen, Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH). “Ensure your safety with ISO 12312-2 labeled solar eclipse glasses, pinhole projection, or Number 14 welder's glasses. Prioritize your eyesight, as 'eclipse blindness' is a silent danger." 

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Application period opens today for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Local, state, and tribal governments can apply for nearly $3.2 million dollars to build and improve parks and outdoor recreation areas

Santa Fe – Today the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) State Parks Division will begin accepting applications for $3,193,100 in federal funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through December 1, 2023.

The Department of the Interior National Park Service (NPS) created the LWCF to assist in preserving, developing, and assuring accessibility to outdoor recreation resources and to strengthen the health and vitality of citizens. The program provides matching grants to States and through States to political subdivisions of the State and other appropriate public agencies, including recognized Indian tribes, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation sites and facilities.

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The Sun to Put on Special Show for Great Southwest Star Party!

The sun is scheduled to put on a special annular eclipse to kick off the Great Southwest Star Party, featuring a deep partial eclipse with over 90% of the sun’s surface covered by the moon. Organizers of the Star Party were delighted to hear of the sun’s participation in the event and noted that it’s unusual for the sun to take part in a Star Party, even though it’s the largest star around.

Even with the sun mostly hidden behind the moon, it’s still dangerous to look directly at it, so the Museum of Space History will be providing free eclipse glasses to the first 1000 attendees.

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