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July 6, 2014

By Janessa Maxilom, Alamogordo Daily News, N.M.

July 06--More than 7,000 fireworks exploded in the night sky over the New Mexico Museum of Space History onIndependence Day.

Fireworks shot to the heavens and burst into vibrant colors to the rhythm of science fiction music Friday night.

NMMSH Division Director Chris Orwoll said museum staff chose a science fiction theme for this year's annual Fireworks Extravaganza show.

"It was kind of a tribute to the world of science fiction," Orwoll said. "You heard (the theme songs from) "Dr. Who," "Star Trek," "Star Wars," "Galaxy Quest," "Independence Day" -- you heard all sorts of science fiction music."

Orwoll said the staff chose the science fiction theme because the Space Hall of Fame will be inducting two famous science fiction authors this fall.

"We did the theme specifically because two of the inductees to the International Space Hall of Fame are planned to be H.G. Wells and Jules Vern," he said.

Orwoll said he thought this year's firework extravaganza was successful.

"I loved it, the timing on everything was perfect," he said. "There was a little glitch on the end and we are still waiting to hear what happened there. But in any case everything other than that was perfect. Everybody who came up to me afterwards said that they had a good time."

Orwoll said the event is a very significant part of the year for the museum.

"The Fourth of July is always important for us because it's a chance for us, along with the City of Alamogordo and our partners, the college, the police department and Burt Broadcasting to really get a chance to have a fun celebration," he said.

During the extravaganza event Orwoll announced updates and changes that are scheduled for the museum in the near future.

He said that the museum is updating the Imax Theater.

Orwoll said the theater will be getting new walls and lights.

"The old decrepit Imax letters on the building are coming off," he said. "They're finally coming off and we are going to repaint the top of that building with Smithsonian blue colors."

Orwoll added that the museum is planning to get new exhibits.

He said the museum will be getting a Smithsonian exhibit called "Earth from Space" and a new solar system exhibit.

Orwoll said lately the NMMSH staff has been very focused making the museum a more modern facility for the community to enjoy.

"For anyone who has been paying attention there's been a lot of changes up here," he said. "It was really outdated not just for a museum but for something about space."

Orwoll said he chose to announce the changes coming to NMMSH during the extravaganza event as a way to get people excited about what's in store for the museum. He also said it was a way to show local partners of the museum thank you for all their assistance with NMMSH efforts.


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