White Sands Test Facility: Keeping NASA Safe

NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, NM, is used for dangerous testing that is needed to support the agency’s missions. Here, a team designing shields to protect NASA’s Mars Earth Entry System from damage traveled to the facility to safely recreate dangerous impacts.

"At that speed, you could travel from San Francisco to New York in five minutes," said Dennis Garcia , the .50-caliber test conductor at White Sands.