Spaceport America

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    Jun 25, 2009 9:47 AM GMT
    Ground has been broken on the construction site of Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

    Those behind the project say that it will help provide a new chapter in space exploration.

    When finished in 18 months' time, the facility will house Virgin Galactic's space tourism business and other firms working in the commercial space arena.

    It will cost the New Mexico government almost $200m (£121m).

    Steve Landeene, executive director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, said: "The future is here and we are not too far off a new age of space.

    "It is not just about private astronauts going up, it is about bringing the cost structure down and about new medicines, solar power in space and the entire range of scientific benefits that can come from it." ... (more in article)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8111243.stm

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    Exciting, huh? icon_razz.gif I just hope Virgin doesn't end up monopolizing space tourism like Microsoft did with computers.
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    Jun 25, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    They can't hide all that activity around Jupiter. We know they're coming.
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    Jun 25, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
    What will happen to Uranus icon_question.gif
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    Jun 26, 2009 9:09 AM GMT
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    As I said a thousand times already, I come in peace. Really!!!

    The massive orbital antimatter cannon on my mothership is for erm decorative purposes.
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    Jun 26, 2009 9:13 AM GMT
    "honestly, it isn't loaded!"
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    Jun 26, 2009 9:39 AM GMT
    Wow, some parts of the planet are still sewing leaves together to make clothes and here America is building a space port.
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    Jun 26, 2009 9:55 AM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidWow, some parts of the planet are still sewing leaves together to make clothes and here America is building a space port.


    Get those fucking slackers up to speed, I say!
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    Jun 26, 2009 10:59 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidGet those fucking slackers up to speed, I say!


    Isn't that what Sen. Byrd has been trying to do as he's been funneling billions upon billions of dollars to his state?
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    Jun 26, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
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    GuerrillaSodomite saidGet those fucking slackers up to speed, I say!


    Isn't that what Sen. Byrd has been trying to do as he's been funneling billions upon billions of dollars to his state?


    Isn't he an ex Klan ex Dixiecrat or something?
  • Delivis

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    Jun 26, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    very neat!
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    Jun 26, 2009 6:42 PM GMT
    I live about 30 mins away from the site, and I can't wait to see it completed. I heard a ticket is going to cost about $200,000!icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 26, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    I heard they are trying to find a way to power the rockets with high fructose corn syrup.
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    Jun 26, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear that Sedative's cannon is for decorative purposes only and doesn't really work at all. How disheartening icon_redface.gif