An Escape to Space

More Than Hot Air

Celebrate the first air voyage in the US which was led by French inventor Jean-Pierre Blanchard in N.J. in the year of 1793, with Burqueño (and, more relevantly, former NASA astronaut) Sidney M. Gutierrez. Gutierrez discusses this historical event as well as his own experiences with flight in outside space at the loftiest museum in town, the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum this Saturday, Jan. 13 for free. Takeoff begins Wright at 2:30pm.

Saturday Jan 13, 2018

9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Phone: 505-768-6020


Website: Click to Visit

Former NASA astronaut and Albuquerque native Sidney M. Gutierrez shares his experiences with space travel.

To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the first air voyage in America, sit back and hold on tight for this out-of-the-world adventure. In a free lecture and slideshow, “An Escape to Space,” former NASA Astronaut and Albuquerque native Sidney M. Gutierrez brings you face-to-face with space travel aboard the shuttle.


Sid joined NASA as an astronaut in 1984. On his first space mission, he served as pilot on the crew of STS-40 Spacelab Life Sciences (SLS-1), a dedicated space and life sciences mission. On his second mission, Sid served as Commander of STS-59 Space Radar Laboratory (SRL-1), part of Mission to Planet Earth. Now retired from NASA, Sid is currently the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Crafters, Inc (RCI), a startup rocket company dedicated to changing the way we access space and making the benefits of space available to all mankind. Sid was also recently appointed as an at-large member of the Balloon Museum’s Board of Trustees.

This public program is being held in conjunction with the Balloon Museum’s exhibition First Air Voyages in America: Ballooning and Other Innovative Forms of Flight. The exhibition will be open prior to and after the lecture, and will remain on display through 2018.