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Spaceport America Becomes Tourist Attraction Before First Space Trip

Excerpt from Yahoo! News

Aug 11, 2013 12:40 pm

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The $209 million space hub is quickly preparing for Virgin Galactic and SpaceX’s first trips, but it needs to start generating revenue as delays can be expected from both companies.

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In this Oct. 17, 2011 file photo, guests stand outside the new Spaceport America hangar in Upham, N.M. Matt York / AP Photo


Spread across 18,000 acres, Spaceport America continues to preen itself here in anticipation of booming business as the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.

Spaceport America tours are treating ticket-holding visitors to up-close-and-personal encounters with the sprawling complex, located adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. Ongoing work continues to flesh out both on- and off-site welcome centers, which are expected to be complete next year.

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