Atlas Missile Silos
Outside of Roswell, Atlas missile site 579-10 has its enclosure doors opened, exposing the launch facility interior to the elements. This open-door sight was common on later missile systems, as their deactivation was monitored by Soviet surveillance satellites. Atlas was voluntarily withdrawn from service as safer, more reliable missile systems such as the Minuteman, came online. The shorter ranges of newer systems eliminated Walker AFB as a possible launch location.
~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail
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Official Website: 579th SMS, Walker AFB