Quick look: America’s first spaceport

Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and others expect the site to be the hub of commercial space operations.
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Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The world's first purpose-built commercial space base will be the site of the first space flights with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. Those flights could begin by the end of the year but no official date has been established. The spaceport is near the town of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico  -- west of the White Sands Missile Range and will ultimately be its own little city with emergency services, restaurants and other amenities. Reuters noted that inaugural flight into suborbital space, for those who have who have made reservations, cost $250,000. Take a look around:

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