Spaceport America Tours To Start May 13 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted May 11th 2011 10:00 AM



The New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced on Tuesday that tours of Spaceport America will be open to the public starting Friday, the Associated Press reports.

The facility, the world's first dedicated spaceport, is famously being rented by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, who plans to take tourists into space.

Albuquerque-based company, Follow the Sun, will lead tours through the Las Cruces facility to give a behind-the-scenes look into space travel, a press release from Spaceport America said.

The spaceport is expected to be open later this year.

The first tour starts on Friday, May 13th, and will be held each weekend (including Fridays) in continuum.

A three-hour tour will cost $59 for adults and $29 for children under the age of 12.

Check out Gadling's exclusive video of the first spacecraft landing at the port below:

Take a look at the launch of Spaceport America with Branson and then-New Mexico governor Bill Richardson below.

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