Proposed SpaceX Launch Site in Texas Draws Concerns

The company behind the commercial spacecraft that landed successfully in the Pacific Ocean on Friday after a mission to the International Space Station wants to come to the Rio Grande Valley. But the launch pad it is considering building has raised concerns among environmentalists and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department because of the proposed site's proximity to endangered animals and other wildlife.

The 50-acre site in southern Cameron County scouted by SpaceX, a commercial space transport company, is surrounded by Boca Chica State Park where animals listed under the Endangered Species Act such as ocelots, jaguarundi, piping plovers ...

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