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Construction Under Way at Spaceport America

In the deserts of the western U.S., space tourism is becoming a reality as construction progresses on Spaceport America -- the world’s first purpose-built commercial space travel facility.

Spaceport America concept shot

An artist's conception of the completed Spaceport America. When finished in 2013, a mere $200,000 will let you take a voyage at least partway to the stars: Virgin Galactic will be the first carrier to transport space-curious passengers on sub-orbital missions.

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inside Spaceport Terminal

Within the terminal hangar, a public viewing gallery will let inquisitive visitors looks out on a desert plain that will someday be filled with spacecraft, some shaped like traditional rockets, others space shuttle-like planes, wingless round disks or whatever spaceship designers of the future come up with.

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Visitors Experience at Spaceport America

An artist's conception of the experience for visitors to Spaceport America -- when it's completed in 2013. 

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Today, Spaceport America is a construction site like any other one. Here, a close up of the windows that will make up the visitors experience center. For the curious, Spaceport America started offering tours in May 2011.

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The exterior of the main facility at Spaceport America, which will include the visitor experience center when completed.

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The 10,000 foot long runway for horizontal take-offs, such as those by the Virgin Galactic craft.

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WhiteKnightTwo and VSS Enterprise on the Spaceport America runway

The first runway was completed in 2010. The dedication ceremony seen here included a fly over and landing by Virgin White Knight 2 and Virgin Spaceship 2.

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VSS Enterprise flies over Runway Dedication at Spaceport America

VSS Enterprise flies over Runway Dedication at Spaceport America, New Mexico.
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The construction on the futuristic Spaceport America facility started in 2009.

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The exterior of Spaceport America's hangar, seen today, is well underway. Spaceport America is the world's first purpose-built commercial space center.

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spaceport america terminal hanger concept

An artist's conception of the low slung hangar, still largely under construction. 

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terminal hanger arial shot

Plans for the facility include several runways, terminals and hangars. 

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Plane lands at Spaceport America

A spaceplane zooms in for a landing in this early artist's conception of the facility. 

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Map Locating Spaceport America

White Sands Missile Range, a military testing site, is nearby meaning the site lives among 7,500 square miles of restricted airspace.

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Construction Under Way at Spaceport America

In the deserts of the western U.S., space tourism is becoming a reality as construction progresses on Spaceport America -- the world’s first purpose-built commercial space travel facility.

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