White Sands Missile Range


Once humankind’s technical ability to reach the stars synchronized with the universe’s entrancing draw, the first steps to space began – right here in New Mexico. Highlights along the trail - such as Dr. Robert H. Goddard’s rocket experiments, V-2 missile launches at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), medical tests for Mercury astronauts, training of the first chimpanzee in space and the creation of the world’s first commercial Spaceport – are best summed up by New Mexico’s state motto Crescit Eundo – “It grows as it goes.” This succinct motto is a perfectly apt description to the (continuing) legacy of New Mexico’s contribution to space exploration.

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: White Sands Missile Range Museum
Active: WSMR active since February 20, 1945
GPS Coordinates: Coming Soon
Admission: Free
Hours: 8am to 4pm weekdays, 10am to 3pm Saturday
More: Gift shop and online store