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This Oct. 22, 2010, image shows Spaceport America in Upham, N.M. With the runway complete and the terminal and hanger facility nearly done, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson expects his dream of reaching space to come to fruition when the company begins commercial space tourism flights from the spaceport. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

This Oct. 22, 2010, image shows Spaceport America in Upham, N.M. With the runway complete and the terminal and hanger facility nearly done, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson expects his dream of reaching space to come to fruition when the company begins commercial space tourism flights from the spaceport.

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)