Spaceport America Tours To Start May 13 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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The New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced on Tuesday that tours of Spaceport America will be open to the public starting Friday, the Associated Press reports.


The New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced on Tuesday that tours of Spaceport America will be open to the public starting Friday, the Associated Press reports.

The facility, the world's first dedicated spaceport, is famously being rented by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, who plans to take tourists into space.


Albuquerque-based company, Follow the Sun, will lead tours through the Las Cruces facility to give a behind-the-scenes look into space travel, a press release from Spaceport America said.

The spaceport is expected to be open later this year.

The first tour starts on Friday, May 13th, and will be held each weekend (including Fridays) in continuum.


A three-hour tour will cost $59 for adults and $29 for children under the age of 12.


Check out Gadling's exclusive video of the first spacecraft landing at the port below:


Take a look at the launch of Spaceport America with Branson and then-New Mexico governor Bill Richardson below.

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Virgin boss Richard Branson (R) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (L) pose with the Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise spacecraft after its first public landing during the Spaceport America runway dedication ceremony near Las Cruces, New Mexico on October 22, 2010.


The world's first private passenger spaceship will passed another milestone toward its commercial lift-off at it's remote spaceport in the New Mexico desert. Flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson hosted a ceremony marking the completion of the main runway at Spaceport America, near the town of Las Cruces where the Virgin Galactic project is based. 'The mothership has been finished and flying for a while now,' Branson said. 'We'll do many, many, many test flights over the next 12 months to maybe 18 months before we actually send people up into space.


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The new hanger that will house the Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise spacecraft before it's first public landing during the Spaceport America runway dedication ceremony near Las Cruces, New Mexico on October 22, 2010.


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The Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise spacecraft, flies over it's new hanger as it prepares to make it's first public landing.


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Future space tourists (L-R) William Yarbrough and Cathy and Richard Bjorkland, who have paid their deposits on the $200,000.00 fare, pose in front of the Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise spacecraft after it's first public landing.


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Future space tourists led by Wally Funk (R), celebrate.


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