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Lee Jones Reporting From The New Mexico Space Port Ground Breaking

16 Jul 2009, 14:38 UTC
Lee Jones Reporting From The New Mexico Space Port Ground Breaking Spaceport America/Vyonyx Ltd
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July 19th, 2009. A date that will forever change the way we view space flight. In the arid desert just west of the mountain range that defines the western border of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a group of about 420 space enthusiasts, press and dignitaries gather to witness an historic event. The ground breaking of the first commercial Spaceport on planet earth, Spaceport America was about to take place. With all eyes focused across the desert sands and brush, bright metallic figures approach from the not too distant east as spine chilling music played. Conquistadors! The first explorers to discover this great land called New Mexico approached. Commemorating the true spirit of exploration, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson among other distinguished dignitaries remember the legacy of spaceflight in its early beginnings just a short distance away. The first picture of planet earth from space was taken from a V2 rocket launched just a few miles away. A historic letter found in the New Mexico government archives was presented by Governor Richardson on behalf of this great state to Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic. This letter written by Governor jack Campbell in the early 1960’s and ...

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