SPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M. January 15, 2018
Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico, announced today the relaunch of the Spaceport America Experience Tour.
In partnership with Las Cruces-based Final Frontier Tours, space enthusiasts and visitors can now have a hands-on, fun experience inside a real commercial space launch facility.
“We are excited to welcome back visitors from around the world to Spaceport America and to New Mexico,” said Rosa Bañuelos, Spaceport America Business Development. Visitors begin their journey at the Spaceport America Visitor Center, an historic adobe building located at 301 S. Foch St., Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 where the old frontier meets the new. The Visitor Center is packed with exciting educational and interactive space exhibits and is the point of embarkation for the tour to the spaceport.
After arriving at the secure Spaceport America site and ascending the gentle rise of the Astronaut Walk, visitors enter the Gateway Gallery where their journey through commercial space continues with numerous interactive exhibits and kiosks. Some visitors choose to experience the G-Shock simulator, which subjects the would-be astronaut to rapid acceleration comparable to what an actual astronaut might feel in flight. Later, visitors venture into the Spaceport Operations Center (SOC) and interact with Spaceport America crewmembers and the state-of-the-art fire station before stopping in front of the iconic URS/ Foster + Partners structure, Gateway to Space terminal/hangar for a photo opportunity. The Spaceport America Experience journey lasts approximately 4 hours.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Spaceport America as their official tour guide. The partnership for Final Frontier Tours will allow us the opportunity to introduce worldwide travelers to our state and to the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport,” said Curtis Rosemond, president of Final Frontier Tours.
“Spaceport America is proud to partner with Final Frontier Tours and looks forward to continuing to work with the City of Truth or Consequences and surrounding communities,” said Daniel Hicks, Chief Executive Officer Spaceport America.
“We are excited that the Spaceport America tours will be starting soon and wish Final Frontier Tours and Spaceport the best of success. The tours will bring additional visitors into Truth or Consequences and will have a positive economic impact on our City and the businesses located in our Hot Springs Historic District where the Spaceport America Visitor Center is located,” said Steve Green Mayor, Truth or Consequences.
Visitors can purchase tour tickets online, by phone at 575.267.8888, or in person prior to journeying out to the Spaceport America site on rolling multi-media theater shuttles.
About Spaceport America
Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, 340+ days of sunshine and low humidity. With 40 vertical launches – not including 60 student launches conducted during the Spaceport America Cup – and 8 horizontal missions to date, some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, UP Aerospace, EXOS Aerospace, and Pipeline2Space. Visit http://spaceportamerica.com and Gateway to Space for more information. Spaceport America is #NewMexicoTRUE.
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About Las Cruces
Nestled in southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande River and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination. Visitors can experience 72 holes of spectacular year-round golf and world-class Mexican food along the Green Chile “Walk of Flame” and throughout the region, complemented by the Mesilla Valley Wine Trail and the Las Cruces Ale Trail. Birding, cycling and hiking draw outdoor lovers, and nearby White Sands National Monument is the only spot on the planet of its kind. The annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival celebrates its Fifth Anniversary April 27-28 2017, and Christmas in Cruces welcomes the holiday season in early December. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of such special events, attractions, culture and historical sites, as well as superb weather, with 350 days of sunshine per year. For more information on all Las Cruces has to offer, contact Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2150 or http://www.visitlascruces.com.
Rosa Banuelos, Spaceport America
Peggy Bendel, Bendel Communications International for Visit Las Cruces
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