Space travel research was supported in New Mexico for most of the twentieth century by a variety of private individuals and organizations as well as federal agencies and state and local government entities. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the momentum of that support produced Spaceport America.
In 2005, as Governor Bill Richardson prepared to ask the state legislature for funds to build the spaceport, he said, "Development of this private industry in New Mexico will allow NASA and other international government space agencies to focus their efforts on exploring the further reaches of space, including manned travel to Mars and beyond."
Loretta Hall's 2011 book, Out of this World: New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel, tells the stories---human and technological---of space research in New Mexico that brought this country from the earliest liquid-fuel rockets to the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. From 1930 to 2010: Out of this World in 80 Years.
This website introduces you to Loretta and that book, and offers additional insights to the people and events that have made New Mexico a vital resource in the development of space travel.
For information about Loretta's 2014 book, Space Pioneers: In Their Own Words, visit SpacePioneerWords.com.