Monday, May 05, 2008

Galactic Spaceport in Europe

The town Kiruna in Northern Sweden has been chosen to be the future European base for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic passenger space program:

Officials there are busy whipping the town into shape for Virgin's arrival -- evaluating their infrastructure, researching weather issues, and working out potential regulatory hurdles with Sweden and the European Union. Kiruna will join Spaceport America in New Mexico as a Virgin Galactic operating base, and hopes to see flights begin in 2010 or 2011...

...One of the town's major selling points is its stunning views of the Aurora Borealis, which could be viewed up close by passengers on board a spacecraft such as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

Read more at 'Swedish City Gears Up For Virgin Galactic Spaceport'

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