Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America Opens to Public for Three-Hour Tours
Planning to hit happy hour tonight after work? We have something for toast to: the opening of Spaceport America, which represents yet another step closer to making space tourism a possibility. The Spaceport, located in the Mojave Desert in New MexicoAlbuquerque is 150 miles to the southonly just completed its runway in October and is already open for public tours.
This comes at the most opportune time; just as the sun is going down on the NASA space program and the space shuttles retired, Virgin Galactic's new wave spaceships enter the spotlight.
The AP has the news first, of course, that Virgin Galactic's facilities will host the first tour this Friday, a tour aimed at "giving guests an up close look at the spaceflight facilities before operations begin," which is later this year if all continues to go according to plan.
You can book a tour to visit the Spaceport with Albuquerque-based company Follow The Sun Inc., and it'll cost $59 per adult and $29 for children under 12. The 3-hour tours will operate Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays thereafter. If you're not planning a NM trip anytime soon however, you can always keep a watch on the Spaceport's construction status blog!
What it looks like now
What it will look like
[Photos: Virgin Galactic]