New Mexico paid $1.5 million to show logo during Virgin Galactic flight

Jul 14, 2021

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico spent $1.5 million to advertise the state during the Virgin Galactic space launch Sunday. KOV-TV reports that the state paid the money to display New Mexico's logo on video of the flight. A third of the money came from a $500,000 special appropriation by the New Mexico Legislature to market and promote the state during the flight. Tourism Department spokesman Cody Johnson said the rest came from the department’s budget. The flight saw Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson briefly rocket into space aboard the company’s winged space plane for the first time.