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This Oct. 17, 2011 photo shows Eve Branson, mother of British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, posing for photographers beside the spacecraft White Knight Two outside the new Spaceport America hanger in Upham, NM. Branson acknowledges that her family is anxious to see the day when the first rocket takes off from Virgin Galactic’s remote desert base at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Spaceport America

British billionaire Richard Branson on Oct. 18, opened the world's first-ever commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the new home for his company, Virgin Galactic. (Reuters)