U.S. Missile Defense System Successfully Intercepts Target

The United States Missile Defense Agency fired interceptor missiles from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Monday in a successful first-of-its-kind test of the nation's missile defense program.

The test was meant to practice how well the U.S. military could respond in the event of a missile being shot from another country like North Korea or Iran.

Officials said the two interceptor missiles -- which were launched at around 10:30 a.m. -- hit their target. Shortly after the launch, twin contrails could be seen in the sky over the region

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