Courtesy of Spaceport America
In partnership with Final Frontier Tours, space enthusiasts and visitors can now have a hands-on, fun experience inside a real commercial space launch facility.
"We are excited to welcome back visitors from around the world to Spaceport America and to New Mexico,” Rosa Bañuelos, Business Development Spaceport America, said.
Visitors begin their journey at the Spaceport America Visitor Center, an historic adobe building located at 301 S. Foch St., Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 where the old frontier meets the new and the Visitor Center is packed with exciting educational and interactive space exhibits and is the point of embarkation for the tour to the spaceport. Visitors can purchase tour tickets online or in person prior to journeying out to the Spaceport America site on rolling multi-media theater shuttles.
After arriving at the secure Spaceport America site and ascending the gentle rise of the Astronaut Walk, visitors enter the Gateway Gallery where their journey through commercial space continues with numerous interactive exhibits and kiosks. Some visitors choose to experience the G-Shock simulator, which subjects the would-be astronaut to rapid acceleration comparable to what an actual astronaut might feel in flight. Later, visitors venture into the Spaceport Operations Center (SOC) and interact with Spaceport America crewmembers and the state-of-the-art fire station before stopping in front of the iconic URS/ Foster + Partners structure, Gateway to Space terminal/hangar for a photo opportunity. The Spaceport America Experience journey lasts approximately 4 hours.
"We are extremely excited to partner with Spaceport America as their official tour guide. The partnership for Final Frontier Tours will allow us the opportunity to introduce worldwide travelers to our state and to the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport," Curtis Rosemond, President of Final Frontier Tours, said.