Calling (wannabe) occupants of interplanetary craft

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Calling (wannabe) occupants of interplanetary craft

Virgin's first commercial space terminal has opened in New Mexico, well in time for the first flight next year

Tymon Smith

Earlier this year Virgin’s billionaire CEO Richard Branson said his company’s space tourism arm Virgin Galactic would send him into space in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in July.

That didn’t happen but the company has opened the world’s first commercial space terminal in New Mexico. It will provide future travellers (who are forking out $250,000 for the pleasure of a flight to space) somewhere suitably luxurious to bide their time while they wait.

Designed by British architectural firm Foster + Partners on 7,300ha of state trust land in New Mexico, Virgin’s “Gateway to Space” terminal occupies 62,200m² and boasts a hangar, mission control and a luxury lounge area with all the mod cons for future space travelers...

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