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May 13, 2019

Space-tourism dream edges toward reality in New Mexico

  • Hundreds of potential customers have committed as much as $250,000 up front for rides in Virgin Galactic's six-passenger rocket.
    Associated Press

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    Virgin Galactic is will shift its operations to Spaceport America near the southern New Mexico town of Truth or Consequences as it prepares to begin commercial service later this year.

    SANTA FE, N.M. — British billionaire Richard Branson and his space-tourism company Virgin Galactic announced new steps Friday toward offering thrill rides into the low reaches of space for paying passengers, with the company immediately starting to move personnel and space vehicles from California to a launch and landing facility in the New Mexico desert.

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