Just as Florida and California became U.S. spaceflight hubs because they border oceans, Colorado’s space industry owes its existence to the state’s distance from them. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower decided that the Glenn L. Martin Co. had a good idea with its plan to manufacture the Titan I ICBM at a factory safely tucked into a rugged canyon south of Denver, far from the threat of Soviet attack. Today Lockheed Martin builds scientific and military spacecraft in that same ...

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