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.