Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17 demolished

Explosives bring down the launch towers at Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

Explosives bring down the launch towers at Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

Two historic space launch towers were demolished Thursday morning at Cape Canaveral. According to Florida Today, the demolition project had a price tag of $2 million.

An Air Force commander initiated the detonations - which brought down the mobile gantries and towers at launch complex 17. "Keep your fingers crossed that I won't mess this up", he told observers, the newspaper Florida Today reported.

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

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For years the towers were known for their distinctive red colouring until anti-corrosive coatings were applied in the early 90s. The site last hosted a launch seven years back, and now after over half a century of regular use and more than 300 launches, the hardware is finally being retired.

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

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