"Merging the events and technical details of New Mexico's contributions to space travel with the drama and intrigues of the people involved makes this book come alive. The writing is good everywhere and excellent in some places." -- judge in the 2012 New Mexico Press Women's Communications Contest
"This fine collection of stories reports on New Mexico's space history, from the testing of Robert Goddard's liquid-fuel rockets to the building of Spaceport America." -- Air & Space Smithsonian magazine
"I enjoyed your book! In 2003,Space Adventures gave me 10 zero-g sessions over Star City,and the next day I reached
80,000 ft in a MiG-25. I can agree with Kittinger, et al., about the dark sky! Thanks again!" -- Virgin Galactic ticket holder #157
"In her entertaining, inspiring Out of this World, Loretta Hall reveals the grit, determination, daring, and down-to-earth humanness of adventurers who brought us to the verge of making space travel available to everyone." -- Buzz Aldrin, Gemini and Apollo astronaut
"I know it's a cliché, but here goes: I couldn't put this book down. I was absolutely riveted by the very human stories. . . . Most importantly, this book truly establishes New Mexico's vital role in the history of space travel. It makes me very proud to be a New Mexican and honored to help carry on the state's leading role through our work at Spaceport America." -- Rick Homans, founding chairman of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority
"Out of this World is not just for aficionados of space, but also for those interested in any history. [Loretta Hall's] telling reads like a thriller, with humor that will amuse any reader." -- Michael Shinabery, New Mexico Museum of Space History educational specialist
"Hall has fashioned a book that's a welcome explanation of the state's many contributions to space travel." -- David Steinberg, books editor for The Albuquerque Journal
"Linking New Mexico and space in the same sentence conjures up visions of aliens and mysterious goings on, especially in places like Roswell, home of a UFO museum and festival. However, this reputation belies how much New Mexico has actually contributed to our understanding of science, aviation and space over the 80 year period (from 1930 until 2010) covered in this book. . . . The author, Loretta Hall, a former high school math teacher turned freelance writer, researched through archives and media and personal interviews how aerospace endeavors in her state ultimately led to the approval for a spaceport in 2010. She has brought these milestones to life in her book, Out of this World: New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel. . . . [T]his is a clearly understandable account of how research and development of simple rockets has led to the prospect of a real spaceport in New Mexico. Young adults and adults will enjoy learning all the breakthroughs that occurred here." -- Susan Raizer, book reviewer for the National Space Society (See the entire review at http://www.nss.org/resources/books/children/CB_043_newmexico.html)
"Award-winning author Loretta Hall has written a unique and compelling account of the hard science and soft eccentricities that punctuate New Mexico's space history. Her lively style and historical precision will engage readers on many levels." -- Ann Giblin, Winterlake Associates.
"The other day I sat down with a warm plate of nachos and the book Out of This World by Loretta Hall. Thirty minutes later I have a half plate of cold nachos and am still reading Loretta's book. . . . This book gives well written and informative information about New Mexico's involvement in the hardware and human aspects of space development. . . . She also gives a nice overview of the creation of Spaceport America and the commercial companies that will fly spacecraft from there." Mat Adams, NewSpace magazine
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.