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December 09, 2005

Spaceport New Mexico

British entrepreneur Richard Branson has chosen New Mexico for the launchpad of his planned space tourism flights, with flights to start in 2008.

New Mexico, with its high altitude, sunny climate and low population, has been pushing hard to make a name for itself as a center of space commercialization.

A lot of people, myself included, have been waiting 30+ years for this. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo - these programs returned manyfold every dollar put in to them. It's no exaggeration to say the computer you are reading this would not yet exist except for the technology developed during the Space Race.

Cost of each of the 5 spacecraft to be build? $200,000 each.

Call it, micro-Space Exploration!

Link: New Mexico to be Virgin space hub | CNET News.com.


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