TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s Spaceport America is about to open its doors a little more to space enthusiasts and the curious. A new spaceport visitor center will open in May in the heart of T or C’s historic district. The facility will be housed in a vintage, city-owned adobe building constructed in 1935.
“This location will also allow our visitors easy access to many of the interesting shops in the downtown area,” said Spaceport America Executive Director Christine Anderson.
Meanwhile, in March 2015, Spaceport America plans to open an expanded Visitor Experience in the Gateway Gallery at the spaceport itself, about 30 miles southeast of T or C.
Both visitor facilities will feature space travel displays and interactive exhibits for adults and children.
Public access to the Spaceport America launch complex southeast of T or C is presently only via tour buses operated by Follow The Sun, Inc. Tours cost between $29 and $59 per person.
The bus service will be moved to the new visitor center in T or C in May.
“We are happy to have such a nice home for our Spaceport America tour departures,” said Anderson. “The building has over 3000 sq feet for tour use including 18 foot high ceilings for some of our exhibits.”
Follow The Sun, Inc. says their present schedule of tours running three days a week will be expanded to five days a week.
T or C leaders plan other improvements in the area.
A new Healing Waters Plaza will be developed next to the spaceport visitor center by spring 2016.
Already nearby is Ted Turner’s Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa, headquarters for the Turner nature, adventure and experiential tours and a new world-class restaurant.
Spaceport America managers still hope to someday help create a larger spaceport visitor center in T or C.
“There are continuing discussions with developer/investors using private funds regarding construction of a visitor center off I-25,” said Anderson.
“Until that happens, we are very excited to be in our new location in the downtown historic district of Truth or Consequences.”