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Sir Richard Branson Opened World’s First-ever Spaceport in New Mexico

British eccentric billionaire, Sir Richard Branson on Monday celebrated the opening of world’s first-ever Spaceport in the New Mexico desert.

Sir Richard Branson Opened Spaceport America

As expected, in his distinctive style, Branson rappelled from a balcony, shook up a big bottle of champagne and took a swig while christening the building. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and astronaut Buzz Aldrin also attended.

The building is absolutely magnificent, Branson said. It is literally out of this world, and that’s what we were aiming at creating. We’re ticking the final boxes on the way to space, he added.

Virigin’s new space terminal will house Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft, mission control and a preparation area for travellers. Powered test flights are scheduled to take place next year and Sir Richard expressed hopes that Virgin Galactic’s commercial flights could begin soon after. Virgin Galactic reached an agreement six years ago with New Mexico officials to build the spaceport.

About 150 people already booked for travel on the first flights to orbit attended the event, said the company. The 2.5-hour flights will offer five minutes of weightlessness and cost $200,000 (£127,000).

Sir Richard Branson Opened Spaceport America

Spaceport America dedication with Sir Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
Spaceport America dedication with Sir Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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