Golden eagle eggs nearly put kibosh on ATK launch testing new rocket

Wildlife News

Andreas Rivera
Standard-Examiner
Tue, 07/02/2013 - 6:02am

Two healthy baby eagles recently hatched in a nest near ATK's Promontory facility. Courtesy photo
Two healthy baby eagles recently hatched in a nest near ATK's Promontory
facility. Courtesy photo

PROMONTORY — Two little surprises almost put the brakes on ATK’s plans for testing a new advanced rocket.

A pair of golden eagle eggs was found in a nest, about a mile away from the test site. They were discovered about a month before the planned May 23 test.

ATK’s Promontory facility is 20,000 acres large and is home to a mass of wildlife. An environmental surveyor found the eggs, and a wildlife expert was brought in to confirm they belonged to golden eagles and that the parents were never far away.

The Promontory team determined a rocket launch could endanger the nest.

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