GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE/AP) - Scientists are trying to figure out what happened when a Patriot3 missile launched from White Sands Missile Range at a Hera missilefired from near Gallup failed to hit the Hera.
Officials launched the Hera from Fort Wingate at 7:25 a.m.towards the southern New Mexico missile range.
The Hera's booster safely dropped into an evacuated safety zonenear Datil, according to an information officer for the launch,Drew Hamilton, who watched the launch from Red Rock State Park nearGallup.
The Patriot 3 was launched to intercept the Hera at highaltitude, but missed its target.
There had been a dozen previous intercept test launches, themost recent in November 2004.
The test was done under the auspices of the U.S. Army ProgramOffice for Missiles and Space in Huntsville, Ala.
Roads were blocked in the Fort Wingate and Datil areas for thetest.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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