No Stranger To Spaceships, N.M. Builds A Spaceport

By Audie Cornish for National Public Radio - 18 July 2011

No Stranger To Spaceships, N.M. Builds A Spaceport
The San Andres Mountains and pieces of construction equipment are reflected in the glass windows of Spaceport America near Upham, N.M., in May. Despite construction delays and difficult working conditions in a remote area of the desert, state officials say New Mexico is committed to seeing the project succeed. Photo: Susan Montoya Bryan/AP

NASA’s shuttle program ends when Atlantis comes back to Earth this week. It’s not the end of American space exploration, however; it’s the beginning of a new phase in commercial space travel.

For now, American astronauts will be hitching rides to the …Read the Rest of the Article

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