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for people who care about the West

A timeline of our fascination with outer space


The Southwest has long been a locus for space-related activities – and cosmic secrets. Its clear, dark skies are ideal for stargazing, while its isolated deserts are perfect for cutting-edge scientific research and for conspiracy and extraterrestrial enthusiasts. From meteorites colliding with Earth millennia ago to the dream of reaching space ourselves, we have an undeniable fascination with what lies beyond the thin skin of Earth's atmosphere.