April 5, 2007:   The National Space Society released the following statement following the successful passage of Dona Ana County’s spaceport referendum.

“The voters of Southern New Mexico have made a bold step toward an exciting future – putting their own money behind the construction of Spaceport America,” said George Whitesides, Executive Director of NSS.

“It is the first time that the new industry of personal spaceflight has come before a popular vote – and the referendum’s passage is an endorsement of the industry’s tremendous economic potential.”

“The voters of Dona Ana County have made a decision that their children will be proud of, and that will have a profound impact on the future of humanity.”


About the National Space Society

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. For more information about NSS, how to join or donate, or the society’s annual International Space Development Conference, visit:



George Whitesides
Executive Director
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