Viewer Pictures of Contrail from Missile Launch
The contrail from a missile launch near Gallup, NM, lit up the Coachella Valley sky Thursday morning.
Dan O'Boyle with the Missile Defense Agency at the White Sands range said the contrail was left from a test interceptor missile launch near Fort Wingate, NM.
The mysterious plume was illuminated by the rising sun and noticed just before 5:30 a.m.
It was the 15th such test since the mid-1990s, Montoya said.