Rio Rancho
Astronomical Society

A Member Club of the Astronomical League


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The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society began in 1998 as an astronomy club with Rio Rancho High School.  Soon after its founding the club expanded to become an public club, independent of the high school.  Over the years, we have grown and expanded, with new members coming and going, to the current public club we are today.  We are open to all types of members, from beginning astronomers to seasoned veterans.   And no, you don't need to be a master observer or even own a telescope to join.  All you need are a good pair of eyes and willingness to learn.

Upcoming Club Events

July 5th, 2019, 7:30 PM

Monthly Public Meeting

the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its regular monthly public meeting at Rainbow Park Observatory.  The meeting starts at 7:30 PM and is open to the public.

Chris Marsh, a retired engineer will give a talk on the history of NASA's Mission Control.  Mr. Marsh worked for a number of years supporting the Johnson Space Center in Houston as a systems engineer developing prototypes, requirements and designs for Mission Control and the Space Station.  His presentation will be on the history of the Mission Control Center used for the Gemini, Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs.  Next month will be 50 years since we landed on the Moon and most people don’t know how vital the Mission Control Center was to getting us there.

Telescopes will be available for stargazing after the meeting, weather permitting.


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For more information, contact RRAS Vice-President, Melanie Templet  at 505-220-5355.
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