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New Mexico Astronomy and Aerospace Tour: I booked with TravelQuest International to tour the many astronomical and aerospace sites around New Mexico. Click on any image to load larger image and start slide show.
Atomic Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2004. Nuclear weapon casing damaged by B-52 accident in Spain, 1966.  On display at the Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2004. Historical bomb casings representing the Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs, Atomic Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2004. Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 2004.  This building was part of the Ranch School which was taken over by the Manhattan Project. One of the movie cameras used to record Trinity, the first atomic bomb explosion, 1945.  On display at Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos, New Mexico, 2004.
A shale ball meteorite recovered in Australia, on display at the University of New Mexico Meteorite Museum, 2004. Very Large Array, National Radio Astronomy Observatory near Socorro, New Mexico, 2004. Very Large Array, National Radio Astronomy Observatory near Socorro, New Mexico, 2004. This small dish is used for a visitor center demonstration, National Radio Astronomy Observatory near Socorro, New Mexico, 2004.  Note the sign. White Sands Missle Range, Visitor Center Missle Park, New Mexico, 2004.
V2 rocket on display at White Sands Missle Range, New Mexico, 2004. V2 launch platform, White Sands Missle Range, New Mexico, 2004.  The rocket is a Hermes, which was an American development based on the German V2. V2 launch platform and blast pit, White Sands Missle Range, New Mexico, 2004. This is an Askania GTK 40 built in the late 30's to gather data on V2 launches.  The American military brought it to White Sands Missle Range in 1946 for the same purpose.  Missle Range Museum, New Mexico, 2004. Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope, Apache Point Observatory, New Mexico, 2004.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope, Apache Point Observatory, New Mexico, 2004. Evans Facility, National Solar Observatory, Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, 2004. Dunn Solar Telescope, National Solar Observatory, Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, 2004. Sputnik, first satellite launched, 1957.  Replica made by original builders, on display at New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamagordo, 2004. Mars rover, New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamagordo, 2004.
Nike Ajax missle system, first tested at White Sands in 1951, now on display at New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamagordo, 2004. We took a break from more serious stuff to visit downtown Roswell, New Mexico, 2004. Commemorative Air Force B-17 Sentimental Journey, about to take off from the Arizona Wing facility in Mesa, Arizona, October 2004.

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