08 February 2010
On a recent excursion to southern New Mexico I drove past Upham, New Mexico.
Upham, NM is the future home of America's first commercial spaceport, currently named Spaceport America, being built by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority who's main tenant will be Virgin Galactic.
The spaceport is currently under construction with the main runways and terminal building going up now.
What I didn't know is that you can now take hard had tours!!
Tours must be made through www.spaceportamerica.com
The current price is $59 and the tour is about 3-4 hours.
You will need to drive to Truth or Consequences, NM
Visit their website for more details.
Did you know the name of the first commercial spaceship being built for Virgin Galactic has been christened VSS Enterprise? TOO COOL!
Some have balked at the $200,000 dollar price tag for tickets, but remember this is only the beginning, as more and more companies compete for a presence in space and as governments continue to cut back on budgets for space projects, commercialization of space will grow bringing down costs.
William Shatner was offered a FREE ride on the inaugural flight of the VSS Enterprise. He turned it down, saying: "I DO want to go up but I need guarantees I will definitely come back."