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May 28, 2021 – The Line opinion panel looks at recent outcomes for big ticket taxpayer items. This past weekend saw the long-awaited first successful suborbital flight by Virgin Galactic. Launched from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, the flight brings the promise of space tourism one step closer. It’s a more than $200 million gamble made by then-Gov. Bill Richardson years ago. The Line debates whether space flight will pay off for New Mexico. 

Host: Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel: 
Diane Snyder, former state senator  
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group public relations  
Serge Martinez, UNM School of Law professor 

For More Information: 
NM ‘has finally reached the stars’Albuquerque Journal 
Successful spaceflight opens up possibilities – Santa Fe New Mexican 
Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity launches successfully from Spaceport America – KRQE 
Virgin Galactic completes first human spaceflight from Spaceport America, New Mexico – Virgin Galactic