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Spaceport Colorado

Bente Birkeland

Colorado wants to go where no man has gone before – by throwing its hat into the ring to try and become a hub of commercial space flight. The Colorado Spaceport is expected to become a reality next year. But the journey is just beginning and Colorado does have competition.

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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