Historic launch towers at Cape Canaveral demolished

Thor-Able launch from LC-17 – via NSF L2

Thor-Able launch from LC-17 – via NSF L2

- Crowds gathered Thursday morning in Cape Canaveral, but not for a space launch. Instead, the U.S. Air Force demolished two historic launch towers.

Cape Canaveral has always been a cherished place for the USA space program, having hosted some of the most important space missions stretching back decades.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base gave the all-clear for the demolition, according to a Facebook post from the base.

A simultaneous detonation brought down some structures at launch complex 17, a few miles away from Port Canaveral.

The demolition has been planned for years.

The last launch from the towers came on September 10, 2011, when United Launch Alliances workhorse Delta II program sent gravity mapping probes to the moon for NASA. The demolition will make way for Moon Express, a private company that will launch missions to the moon on a regular basis.

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