2010 White Sands Missile Range
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White Sands Missile Range is about a half-hour east of Las Cruces over the Organ Mountains via the San Agustin Pass.  We have passed it on the way to and from White Sands National Monument every year, but we never took the time (or really had the time) to stop for a visit.  But in 2010, we had a day to kill, so we spent the morning at the desalination facility described elsewhere, and we stopped at the missile range on the way back.

Visitors to the missile range are permitted to see only the missile museum, which contains both indoor and outdoor displays.  It is quite interesting, and, at an entrance fee of $0, well worth the visit.  Photography is permitted only in the museum and of the outdoor display.

 

 

We were told to take photos only in this direction, which was toward the west and away from the actual missile range itself.

During the time we were there, an actual missile test occurred.  When that happens, access into the headquarters area and exit from it is blocked, usually for about 1/2 to 1 hour.  Also, the portion of U.S. 70 that passes to the north of the missile range is blocked.  No photography of the missile being tested is permitted, but we did see it as we waited.

 
 
As has been noted, outdoor photography is permitted only in the missile park. But there is lots to see.    
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
     
The four photos below are of the Patriot missile, which everyone heard about during the 1990 Gulf War.
 
 
     
     
 
Pershing missile   Howitzer
     
     
 
Information display describing the guided missile launcher at right.
     
 
And all these years we've been told that those UFO sightings are just our imagination!   Not sure what this plane is.  There was no placard describing it.
     
     
There was an indoor display devoted to the V-2 rocket, which was developed in Germany during World War II.  Had the Germans developed the atomic bomb before we did, it's likely it would have been carried on a rocket like this.  It's scary to think how the war might have ended had it gone on a little longer and the Germans had had time to develop a bomb.  (Yes, I watched that episode of Star Trek, too!)