In pictures: America’s first spaceport

Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and others expect the site to be the hub of commercial space operations

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Spaceport America's Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building. Spaceport America spokesman David Wilson envisions a launching off point for global travel, to build tourist resorts in space, colonize Mars and mine resources on other planets. He expects around 200,000 visitors to the spaceport each year, which was bankrolled by the state, according to Reuters.

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