Spaceport America Counts Down to Launch

In New Mexico, awaiting liftoff from the world’s first commercial spaceport

Spaceport America, the world’s first base for commercial spaceflights, will begin launching suborbital craft from Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX later this year. The spaceport, located near Truth or Consequences, a former frontier town in the New Mexico desert, employs about 1,300 people and says it will add 1,800 more jobs by 2018. —Photographs by Lucy Nicholson

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