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About White Sands Missile RangeOn July 16, 1945, in a remote section of White Sands Missile Range, the first man-made atomic explosion sent a huge multicolored cloud surging to an altitude of 40,000 feet. The resultant sloping crater at Trinity Site is evidence of the beginning of the Atomic Age.

The desert environment proved ideal for rocket testing and, in the 1960s, testing for the lunar module engines that propelled Apollo astronauts off the moon's surface. Today the world-class test facilities are used by the U.S. Army as well as private industry and foreign nations for laser, radar and flight research.

Vehicle passes are issued at the main gate; a valid driver's license, registration and proof of insurance are required. A photo ID is required for all vehicle occupants over age 16. Trinity Site is open the first Saturday in April and October. For more information contact the Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 1782, White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002; phone (575) 678-1134 or (575) 437-6120 (Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce).

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