Spaceport America Groundbreaking Begins Today

An artist's conception of a Virgin Galactic flight above Spaceport America in New Mexico
An artist’s conception of a Virgin Galactic flight above Spaceport America in New Mexico

 

Spaceport groundbreaking events begin Thursday
Las Cruces Sun News

If there’s a proper New Mexican way to mark the start of a $200 million construction project that eventually will help launch tourists to space, it’s with mariachis.

Live music from a mariachi band Thursday night in Las Cruces is part of the first of four events this week to mark the groundbreaking of Spaceport America, touted as the first-ever purpose-built spaceport in the world.

The event is open to the public and will be the best chance for Las Crucens to participate in the groundbreaking festivities, considering other events are either invitation-only or will take place in Sierra County.

Steve Landeene, executive director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, said the groundbreaking will be historic because — more than just serving as a launch point for space tourists — the project has potential to open up numerous scientific and technological frontiers. That’s because the facility will play a role in reducing the cost of reaching space, which has been a limiting factor up until now, he said.

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