Sat 2 May 2009
On our way to Ogden, we came across a rocket display next to a facility that builds weapons and space shuttle parts. A guy there explained to us what happened to the Challenger in 1986, and that the USNavy missle on the right side of this photo carries 10 warheads.
Fully loaded, that thing could destroy France, he told us. Each Navy Sub usually has 10 of those missles.
Also, we missed a test launch of something by about a day. Whatever they blew up, they launched from within visual distance of the road we were on. The guy said that the noise (from the launch or the explosion, I’m not sure) was heard over 60 miles away (and through a mountain).
I loved the tiny warning sign next to this Space Shuttle booster rocket.