Val Wilkes, 54, (L) and her wife Cydney Wilkes, 56, stand outside their motel, the Rocket Inn, in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico May 2, 2014. The world's first purpose-built commercial space base ... more 
Val Wilkes, 54, (L) and her wife Cydney Wilkes, 56, stand outside their motel, the Rocket Inn, in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico May 2, 2014. The world's first purpose-built commercial space base and soon-to-be site of the first space flights with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is near the town of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. The inaugural flight into suborbital space should happen later this year and the first astronauts, who have made reservations and paid $250,000 for the flight, should follow a month later. While it's not clear what the economic impact will be, many agree that Spaceport America should inject new energy into the town. Picture taken May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 22 OF 40 FOR PACKAGE 'TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES - SPACEPORT'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'CONSEQUENCES LUCY' less 
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