Spaceport America tours to draw tourists

Posted at: 05/31/2013 7:11 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and staff

People come to visit the Land of Enchantment for many reasons. KOB Eyewitness News 4 got a look at the newest thing bringing in tourists from all over the world. And when they see it, they can't help but dream.

A bus may not take you to the edge of the stratosphere, but it will take you to the place that soon will.

"I wanna go! Can we put it on the credit card?" said Truth or Consequences resident Debbie Niles - a tourist on the Follow the Sun Tours bus en route to the Spaceport.

"How could you not look at this stuff and dream," Niles siad. "That hopefully, that someday I could be on one of those. Be one of those six people in the back of one of those spacecraft."

Anthony Arroyo said he is dreaming. He and his dad Joe made the father and son trip from California. It's way cheaper than what the space tourists will pay - $200,000 per person. But everyone on the tour is still hoping.

Maybe someday, says Arroyo

"Right now it will be Richard Branson and his pals - incrementally the cost will come down and hopefully just everyday schleps like you and me can fly to space someday," Arroyo said.

There weren't any launches or much activity occured Friday afternoon.

Mike Wethern and his family are on a southwestern family trip from west Palm Beach, Florida.

"Even though there is to some extent not much here yet- you can see that they're ready for anybody who is ready, willing and able to go ahead and launch something," Wethern. said.

Virgin Galactic owner Richard Branson recently leaked the possibility of a space flight on Chrismas Day this year. But whenever the first launch is, the word is out according to Follow the Sun Tour Owner Rose Bleth.

"Some people from australia and they heard about it in their newspaper so we're very excited. And people from london," Bleth said.

And Follow the Sun Tours is taking people from all over the planet to see the Spaceport.

The tours run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.