September 20, 1992 |
Driving across the Southwestern desert to stand at the ground-zero point of an atomic explosion sounds like a strange way to spend a Saturday. But twice each year, several thousand people do just that in a pilgrimage to Trinity Site in the New Mexico desert northwest of Alamogordo.
February 16, 1995 |
For over three decades, cattle ranchers near this high desert hamlet have evacuated their homes whenever rocket testing was under way at White Sands Missile Range. Few groused about the daylong dislocations because the Army paid up to tens of thousands of dollars annually for the disruption and anxiety of abandoning homes and livestock while experimental weapons slammed down onto the missile range a few miles away.
September 16, 1986 |
At Space Vector, things have been going in the right direction lately--up--and the reason is the space-based missile defense plan popularly known as Star Wars. On Sept. 5, an Aries rocket made by Space Vector was launched from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, part of the most sophisticated test so far in President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. The test was cause for celebration at the company's Northridge headquarters.
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February 25, 2001 |
Game managers were simply looking for a good trophy animal to improve the hunting in this empty quarter of southern New Mexico. What they got, it turns out 30 years later, was a desert antelope with a talent for breeding that would make a rabbit blush. The oryx, a native of Africa's Kalahari Desert, has taken to the Chihuahuan desert at White Sands Missile Range as if it were home turf.
July 29, 1992 |
After a half-century of disappointment and delay, a band of Southern California treasure hunters has launched a high-tech search for a hoard of gold they believe lies deep beneath a fissured limestone ridge on the White Sands Missile Range. With the help of ground radar, a miniature television camera and a global satellite positioning system, descendants of the late M. E.
June 25, 1995 |
The Trinity Site, on the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, lies on a stretch of desert that the Spanish explorers called jornada del muerto, "route of the dead man." It is a faint crater of scruffy grass that one would never notice except for the two concentric fences enclosing it. On July 16, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was exploded here, a fireball vaporized the tower that held it and fused the sandy soil beneath it.