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Where we will celebrate Space Exploration and
95 Years of Aviation at El Paso International Airport

6:00pm - 9:00PM
El Paso Airport
501 George Perry Boulevard, #1, El Paso, TX, 79925




The El Paso Space Festival has successfully "launched" thanks to your overwhelming attendance and support. We enjoyed hosting you at the new location, and look forward to seeing you at the rest of the Space Festival events!

Thank you to all of our Experience Providers and Vendors for sharing your time, expertise, artistry, and enthusiasm with the El Paso Community - your collective contributions helped to create an overall wonderful experience and inspire imaginations of future space exploration possibilities!

The creation of the Airport was encouraged by Charles A. Lindbergh on September 24, 1927 while visiting El Paso. On September 8, 1928 at 1:30 pm, 10,000 El Pasoans turned out for the dedication ceremony of their first Municipal Airport. 


El Paso Airport served as the home of NASA's Johnson Space Center Forward Operating Location which was a training center for astronauts during the Shuttle missions. Astronauts practiced landings on simulated shuttle aircraft and were performed on a daily basis as preparation for flying and returning from space. (Learn more...)

Join us as we celebrate the past, present, and future exploration opportunities of Earth and the Universe made possible through advances in Aviation, Aerospace and the Space Industry.

Meet representatives from NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Goddard, NASA Pulse Mission, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, along with representation from UTEP and local organizations.

Last update September 7, 2023

Featured Guest Speaker: Dr. Jose Hurtado,

Professor, UTEP Department of Earth, Environmental,and Resource Sciences


Dr. Hurtado will talk about NASA's Artemis lunar exploration program, including his experiences in training astronauts, conducting field research here on Earth to test planetary exploration technologies and operations, and participating in mission simulations to design the science "mission control" for the Artemis missions.

Congratulations to Dr Hurtado for his recent appointment to the Artemis III Geology Team led by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University!

Jose Hurtado is a Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental,and Resource Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).  He

joined UTEP in 2002 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Dr. Hurtado obtained his Ph.D. in geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an M.S. and B.S. in geology from the California Institute of Technology.  His research interests include terrestrial field geology and remote sensing, focusing on the mountains of the western US and the Himalaya, as well as planetary science.  His planetary science work includes remote sensing studies of the Moon as well as field work in analog environments investigating the tools and techniques for planetary surface exploration with humans and robots. Since 2008, Dr. Hurtado has served as an instructor for various NASA training activities, including Earth and Planetary Science field training for NASA astronauts.  During 2014-2015, Dr. Hurtado worked on the operations team at Virgin Galactic as an astronaut instructor and also worked on SpaceShipTwo cabin systems and life-support engineering tasks. Dr. Hurtado currently serves on the executive committees for the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) and the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC). In August 2023, Dr. Hurtado joined the NASA Artemis science team as part of the newly funded Artemis III Geology Team led by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. In this capacity he will help design and support from Mission Control the science activities conducted by the next astronauts to walk on the Moon. Dr. Hurtado is an FAA-licensed private pilot and UAV (drone) pilot and PADI certified open-water SCUBA diver.  He was a semifinalist interviewee for the NASA astronaut program in 2009, 2013, and 2017.

Drones Demonstrations! Art! NASA!, Spinning Nebulas! Virtual Reality Exploration! Telescopes! Rockets! LOTS of interactive activities! Food, music, dancing! 

And More!

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Remember to mark your calendars for the annual Las Cruces Space Festival held each spring in Las Cruces, NM.  

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