British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson on Monday officially christened the United States' first built-from-scratch spaceport, from which passengers will be taking commercial flights into suborbital space.
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Ever the showman, Branson rappelled from a balcony at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, shook up a bottle of champagne and christened it, reports the Associated Press.
"Today is another history-making day for Virgin Galactic," Branson said in a press statement. "We are here with a group of incredible people who are helping us lead the way in creating one of the most important new industrial sectors of the 21st century. We've never wavered in our commitment to the monumental task of pioneering safe, affordable and clean access to space, or to demonstrate that we mean business at each step along the way."