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There's only one place in this country where you can stand, safely, within feet of a giant missile. And what do you know, it's right here in Tucson, Arizona. At the Titian Missile Museum guests get a taste of Cold War America by viewing one of the era's most dramatic vestiges, a preserved Titan II missile site. The complex is officially called 571-7 and is the only remaining site of the dozens that operated across the United States from 1963 to 1987. Luckily for everyone the weapons of mass destruction were never put into use so we can stand in the shadow of the 103-foot weapon and watch mock launch sequences today. If you're the super adventurous type you can even book an overnight stay in the crew facilities. And if you catch one of the tours you might recognize some of the view from the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact since many of the scenes from the movie were filmed there.
The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan II site open to the public, allowing you to relive a time when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union was a reality. The Titan II was capable of launching from its underground silo in 58 seconds and could deliver a nine megaton thermonuclear warhead to its target more than 5,500 miles away in less than thirty minutes. For more than two decades, 54 Titan II missile complexes across the United States stood "on alert" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, heightening the threat of nuclear war or preventing Armageddon, depending upon your point of view.