New Mexico has been chosen as the launch pad for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture and new tours are now available for visitors to take a look around the world’s first commercial spaceport.

More than 400 would-be astronauts have already secured reservations to become some of the world’s first space tourists.


The majority of visitors to New Mexico, however, will find the price-tag of $200,000 a little over-budget, so instead they are now being offered the chance to tour Spaceport America for an insight into the future of space tourism. The preview tour leads visitors through the history and evolution of transportation and trade in the American continent, from the Spanish and Native American pioneers of the past to the rail, air and space pioneers of the future.

Touring around the region and ending up at Spaceport America, the tour gives guests a taste of New Mexico’s scenic beauty and rugged ranges. The tour also educates guests on what it takes to make a successful spaceport and why New Mexico is ideally suited for space access. Finally, guests will be updated on major players and trends in the emerging commercial space industry. 

The Spaceport America Preview Tour lasts between three and four hours and is available for an introductory price of US$59 per person (based on two or more participants). The standard price will be $99 and a supplement of $30 will be added for single registrants.

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