In 2009, the state of New Mexico held the official ground-breaking ceremony for the world's first commercial space launch site, Spaceport America. Located about 20 miles from the city of Truth or Consequences, the spaceport is largely complete. Virgin Galactic will set up its headquarters there, eventually launching customers into suborbital flights aboard SpaceShipTwo. Other commercial space companies may follow.
Photographer Dan Hendrickson recently toured the area to capture the futuristic scene emerging from the Western landscape.
Images and captions by Dan Hendrickson.