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- Allows development of the Space Race Projects, which are the way to Science Victory.
The first two must be done in sequence to unlock the Martian colony projects.
- Launch Earth Satellite (reveals world map)
- Launch Moon Landing (grants one-time Culture bonus equal to Science)
- Launch Mars Habitation
- Launch Mars Reactor
- Launch Mars Hydroponics
The image of a spaceport (or cosmodrome) as a gateway to the stars is evocative of adventure and discovery, of the next "great frontier" for civilization. The reality is much more prosaic: a place to launch (and maybe eventually land) rockets, much like a seaport for ships or airport for planes. Like those, a spaceport consists of derricks, cranes, administration buildings, control centers, fuel tanks and the working infrastructure. The world's first permanent facility for orbital, manned launches was Baikonur – which had started as a Soviet military test range – in 1955 AD. Spurred by that the United States soon converted the Air Force Missile Test Center at Cape Canaveral to launch sub-orbital and then orbital rocket test flights ... and the space race was on.
The progress of the current Space Race project this Spaceport is working on is visible: In the beginning, there is just a half-finished rocket in the Hangar, and the launchpad is empty. Further on, the rocket becomes whole; then it moves at the launchpad. Then, a group of lights to the right of the launchpad shows additional progress: first, only one red light is on; then another one, then a yellow, and so on until right before the launch there are 2 red, 2 yellow and 1 green light.