Spaceport America Celebrates Opening of Visitor Center
PHOTO: Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson cuts the ribbon to open the visitor center in downtown Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. (courtesy Spaceport America)
Commercial space exploration is still in the testing stages, but visitors who want a taste of the projects being worked on now tour the Spaceport America facilities.
According to Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, announced Wednesday that the long-awaited visitor center and tours of the area are now open to the general public.
The company had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening, and the event featured distinguished guests such as Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson, Truth or Consequences Mayor Sandra Whitehead, Spaceport America's official tour operator Follow The Sun, Inc. co-founders Rose and Mark Bleth and many more.
Anderson released a statement about the new center and tours, saying, “We wanted Spaceport America to be a place where the public can have a hands-on, authentic and fun experience inside a real commercial space launch facility–an experience you can't get anywhere else. To that end, we have created the Spaceport America Experience so that our guests will learn more about space travel, about Spaceport America, and about New Mexico's role in enabling commercial space.”
For the inner space traveler in all of us, Spaceport America is the first commercial spaceport to be licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the visitor center offers tourists the chance to see the birth of the commercial space travel industry.
The visitor center is located in a historic adobe building on the property, and gives visitors a unique feeling of the old-west feel to the surrounding land and the space-age technology being developed and tested on the at the facilities.
Spaceport America’s visitor center also features plenty of exhibits and historic items for visitors to enjoy, including a G-Shock simulator that lets guests feel the pressure astronauts are subjected to on takeoff, the Spaceport Operations Center and even a drive down the Spaceport's main runway.
For tour ticket prices and information about Spaceport America, check out their official website.
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