Photo Gallery: The First Successful U.S. ICBM Intercept Test, Step By Step

On May 30, the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system conducted its first successful intercept of an intercontinental ballistic missile target. A series of images from the trial, designated “Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15,” shows the disparate systems that achieved the goal of missile defense—neutralizing a target safely above the atmosphere.

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