Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17 demolished - 13-Jul

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17 demolished - 13-Jul

The 100 people gathered at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida early this morning witnessed the iconic towers of Launch Complex 17 (LC-17) collapse under their own weight and tumble to the ground. "At the same time, it is the final closure of the Complex 17 book, and with that, a little melancholy". Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing, activated the detonator for the demolition.

It's been almost seven years since the towers were used in a launch, and was used for Delta II and other notable missions, according to the report.

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This video shows the dramatic demolition of the Delta II towers at Space Launch Complex 17 ahead of the launch of a new program by space company Moon Express.

It was the starting point for many historic robotic missions like the pioneer probes that explored the outer solar system and the twin Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

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Having supported 325 launches over 61 years, Complex 17 was activated in 1957 to test Thor ballistic missiles and later launched the first Global Positioning System communications satellites.

"With 61 years of history and 325 launches, it's been a pretty incredible piece of the space community for many years", he explains.

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Complex 17 will soon be home to a new tenant - Moon Express, a private company that plans to perform tests of a lunar lander. Download the 10News app now.

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