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National Atomic Museum Plans Special Tour

LAS CRUCES - The National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque will be holding tours of a radioactive waste storage site, the source of the farthest reaching space detection signal on earth and the site of one on the nation's military defense command centers through January and February.

Museum staff will lead a tour of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. on Jan. 23-24. Participants can travel 2,000 feet underground to see salt beds that will permanently store low-level radioactive waste from the nation's nuclear weapons facilities. The tour also includes a visit to the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell. The cost of the tour is $165.

On Feb. 9 the museum will lead a tour of the Very Large Array (VLA) near Socorro, N.M. The VLA includes 27 giant satellite dish antennas that provide the most far-reaching space detection signal on earth. This tour costs $40.

On Feb. 20-23, a tour of the Nevada Test Site outside Las Vegas, NV will be offered. It includes an underground tour of the NORAD Command Center at Cheyenne Mountain and tours of the Space Warfare Center, the Joint National Test Facility for Space Warfare and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The cost is $250.

"New Mexico is very lucky to be home to the National Atomic Museum. These tours are one of many services they offer," said Mike Cook, coordinator of the Rural Economic Development Through Tourism (REDTT) project, a program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Program that promotes agriculture through tourism. "Future tours will include Los Alamos National Laboratory, Trinity Site and Yucca Mountain in Nevada," he said.

For more information about the museum tours, call (505) 284-3242 or visit their web site at www.atomicmuseum.com or you can contact REDTT (505) 646-8009, or check out their web site at www.nmquest.org.