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Spaceport America

02 November 2011 / All photos: ANP & Spaceport America /

Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico, where the Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Facility will serve as the operating hub for Virgin Galactic and is expected to house two WhiteKnightTwos and five SpaceShipTwos, in addition to all of Virgin's astronaut preparation facilities and mission control. Spaceport America has a 10,000-foot (3,000 m) long runway.

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A artists rendering shows the Spaceport America main terminal after its completion.

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WhiteKnightTwo and VSS Enterprise on the Spaceport America runway

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WhiteKnightTwo and VSS Enterprise fly over the spaceport

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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin

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WhiteKnightTwo and VSS Enterprise fly over the spaceport

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Terminal Hanger Facility as seen from the Taxiway

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Terminal Hangar Facility.

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May sunrise over the Terminal Hanger Facility

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Terminal Hangar Facility. Hangar work. May 2011

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Terminal Hangar Facility. Hangar work. May 2011

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Terminal Hangar Facility. Hangar work. May 2011

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The planet Jupiter over Spaceport America.

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A artists rendering shows Spaceport America main hangar after its completion.


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Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo with SpaceShipTwo attached flying overhead during the dedication of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority Spaceport America 10,000 ft. (3.048 Km) long runway at Upham, New Mexico, USA

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New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (L) and Sir Richard Branson (R) give thumbs-up as Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo with SpaceShipTwo attached flies overhead during the dedication of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority Spaceport America 10,000 ft. (3.048 Km) long runway at Upham, New Mexico,