Surface to Unlimited: A Visit to Spaceport America

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, has long depended on tourism. Mineral water bubbles up next to the Rio Grande, and visitors stop en route to White Sands National Monument. Now spaceflight has been folded into the mythos of this town with the funny name, a place open to transformation, to big dreams. Out here, Spaceport America is already history.

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, has long depended on tourism. Now spaceflight has been folded into its mythos, at the dawn of the Second Space Age.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

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