CANCUN, Mexico – The headquarters of the Mexican Space Agency will be built in the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo thanks to an investment of $120 million made public on Tuesday by Gov. Felix Gonzalez Canto.
The Space Center will be built in Chetumal, the state capital, on the border with Belize and Guatemala. At the site will be a launch pad, a runway, an underwater training unit and the space museum.
The site was selected because of the similarities it has to the environment at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to a communique issued by the Quintana Roo government.
The state government held a meeting on the subject with Mexican astronaut Jose Hernandez Moreno, who last year participated in a NASA space mission on board the space shuttle Discovery.
State officials feel that the construction of the space center will attract companies in the aerospace industry with resulting benefits for the local economy and the creation of jobs.
The creation of the space agency was proposed by President Felipe Calderon and approved by lawmakers, but the decision has not yet been published in the official gazette. EFE