In the middle of nowhere, New Mexico, is a structure which rises from the scrubby floor of the Southwest desert like something from Tatooine, Luke's home planet in "Star Wars." It's a hangar for spacecraft, complete with an astronaut lounge.
This is Spaceport America, New Mexico, Earth, ZIP code 87654-3210.
Here, someday, paying customers will ride to the edge of space in a Virgin Galactic spacecraft. The spaceport covers 27 square miles of state land, built at a cost of $220 million from New Mexico taxpayers betting on the future. "This is the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport, the first spaceport anywhere in the world that was designed from the ground up to be a commercial facility," said William Gutman, vice president of aerospace operations.
It's pretty quiet here.