Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Cape Canaveral rocket towers brought down to earth

Cape Canaveral rocket towers brought down to earth

The twin mobile gantries at Launch Complex 17 (LC-17) were imploded Thursday morning (July 12), toppling the oldest remaining launch pad structures at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The two towers, the station's most conspicuous landmarks, were visible from a nearby beach and watched for more than half a century during missile tests and launches that sent spacecraft to the moon and to Mars.

The fixed towers were located at Launch Complex 17, just north of Port Canaveral.

"We have launched some super-exciting missions - Mars missions, all sorts of Global Positioning System missions, missions to all sorts of fun planets - so it is definitely a little emotional for me to see", Scott Messer explained to Florida Today.

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Officials said there have been more than 100 launches throughout several decades.

The demolitions comes about seven years after the complex hosted its last launch.

For years the towers were known for their distinctive red colouring until anti-corrosive coatings were applied in the early 90s.

The site will now be occupied by Moon Express, a private company developing small lunar landers that NASA may use to send science instruments to the lunar surface in the next few years, according to Florida Today.

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