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.

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

Find out about her 2016 book, The Complete Space Buff's Bucket List: 100 Space Things to Do Before You Die, visit

New in 2017: Loretta's book Miguel & Michelle Visit Spaceport America, for ages 6-10.
Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.
Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2017.
New Mexico's Role
in Space History

Out of this World was named Best New Mexico Book in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards.