Contrail from test missile launched in New Mexico visible in Arizona

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(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
The Juno contrail from Gallup, New Mexico (Source: Facebook/White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs) The Juno contrail from Gallup, New Mexico (Source: Facebook/White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
View from Lakeside, Arizona (Source: Mike Martinez) View from Lakeside, Arizona (Source: Mike Martinez)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Army launched a target missile from a site in northwestern New Mexico that was visible to Arizona residents Thursday morning.

The Juno missile was launched from Fort Wingate, which is near Gallup. The contrail was visible in the Valley around 7 a.m.

Officials said the missile would drop a booster into a safety zone on private and national forest land north of Datil, New Mexico, during its flight to the White Sands Missile Range.

[READ: Army to launch missile that may be visible to Arizona residents]

White Sands is about 215 miles southeast of Fort Wingate.

The Army put out a warning ahead of the launch so that residents wouldn't be alarmed.

Officials said Juno missiles are used as targets for interceptor missiles, which are being tested at White Sands Missile Range. They are two-stage missiles constructed of U.S. components to simulate the threat of Scud-like ballistic missiles found around the world.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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