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Martinez Pledges Continued Support for Commercial Space Flight

Oct. 18, 2012

Steve Ramirez

It was a pep talk of sorts this morning, and Gov. Susana Martinez urged commercial space flight industry leaders to keep going forward, keep going higher, in turning the fledgling industry into reality.

"This new industry, this new space age is about expanding our horizons," said Martinez, to a standing-room-only crowd in excess of 500 at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. "It is about creating new jobs, and infusing new scientists, new entrepreneurs."

Martinez is the first New Mexico governor to be a keynote speaker at the eighth annual symposium.

Martinez pledged New Mexico will continue its legacy as a pioneer of the aerospace industry. America's rocket program began at White Sands Proving Grounds in 19 45 and has since seen numerous space programs come to the state, including NASA's Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs, the Delta Clipper and Clipper Graham reusable rocket program, and more recently NASA's Orion program, which plans to send a spacecraft to Mars.

"It is my goal that New Mexico is branded as a place where someone with a good idea can make it happen," Martinez said. "Our rich heritage of space flight runs the gamut.

"Such a commitment should be a broad and long-term endeavor. We're interested in economic development and will do what we can to support (commercial space flight)."

Pat Hynes, symposium chair, said Martinezâs support of

the commercial space flight industry is important.

"I know she is an advocate for our industry," Hynes said.

Source: (c)2012 the Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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