Loretta Hall has been interested in space travel since her teenage years. She followed closely the early NASA programs: selection of the first astronauts (the Mercury Seven), the suborbital and orbital missions of Mercury and Gemini, the Apollo steps toward a moon landing. She was entranced and thrilled to watch a live telecast of man's first steps on the moon.
In 1977, Loretta moved to New Mexico and became enamored with the state's rich cultural diversity and long history of indigenous people, European colonizers, and American settlers.
Thirty years later, when plans for Spaceport America, the country's only purpose-built commercial spaceflight facility, began moving forward, she was fascinated to discover the important role New Mexico has played in the development of space travel. She decided to herald that unheralded history by writing the only book to document the historic events in the state and the personal stories of the people who accomplished them. Out of this World: New Mexico's Contributions to Space Travel was published in the spring of 2011.
Loretta is a Space Ambassasor for the National Space Society and a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico's Speakers Bureau.
For more information about Loretta's upcoming events and other writing endeavors, visit her author website.
Loretta (Hood) Hall [center] as a high school senior, class of 1964, in Huntington Beach, CA.
Loretta Hall now, still excited about space exploration!
Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2017.
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.
Hear the archived, 90-minute audio recording
of Loretta's interview about NM space history on The Space Show
Loretta appeared on The Morning Brew
TV show in Albuquerque. See her 11-minute segment on YouTube