A New Outdoor Exhibit Showcases the Trajectory of the Daisy Track

Are you interested in learning about space? The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a museum and planetarium complex in Alamogordo, New Mexico, dedicated to artifacts and displays related to space flight and the space age. Right now, you could even check out at our Daisy Track exhibit!

In operation from 1955 to 1985, the Daisy Decelerator, named after the Daisy Air Rifle, was an air-powered sled-track used to study the effects of acceleration, deceleration, and impact on the human body and various equipment systems. The Daisy Decelerator played a significant role in American history by supporting biological and mechanical research and testing for NASA's Mercury space flights and the Apollo moon landings.

The Daisy Track was originally housed at Holloman Air Force Base and has now been restored by the New Mexico Museum of Space History through a "Save America's Treasures Grant." This exhibit displays the Daisy Track, with its Air Gun, a Waterbrake and four of the original sleds, and recreation of the structure that housed the Air Gun. Minor adaptations were made for security and exhibit viewing purposes. The Bopper sled is also featured in this display.

The X-37 display is courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It is 27 feet long, with a 15-foot wingspan and a gross weight of 4500 pounds. In May of 1999, it was successfully tested at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The lab is a facility that allows astronauts to train on spacecraft underwater in a near zero-gravity environment.

General admission prices will vary. For more information, contact the New Mexico Museum of Space History at (575) 437-2840 or visit

Sure, at Sonoma Palms Apartments in Las Cruces, New Mexico, you’ll find all the on-site amenities and services you desire, but we know your lifestyle demands more than perks that are close-to-home. By informing you of this upcoming event, we hope to inspire you to interact with your neighbors on a deeper level and just have an all-around good time.

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, December 7, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
New Mexico Museum of Space History
3198 State Route 2001
Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310

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