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

Watch: Demolition of twin towers at Cape Canaveral's historic Launch Complex 17 Launch towers at Cape Canaveral demolished in planned explosion
Guillermo Lane | 16 July, 2018, 16:22

They supported some of the nation's first satellite launches, helped send probes to other planets and established the Global Positioning System satellite constellation so embedded in everyday life.

The complex, and its towers, was originally built in 1956 for use with the PGM-17 Thor missile, the first operational ballistic missile the US possessed, according to NASA.

A landmark of the space program came tumbling down at Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, July 12.

In 2004 the first probe to orbit Mercury was also launched from the complex.

A short ceremony was held before Brigadier-General Wayne Monteith, commander of the air force's 45th Space Wing, triggered the explosives.

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Inaugurated with a series of test launches targeting the U.S. Air Force's (USAF) Thor ballistic missiles, Launch Complex 17 later became known as the launch site of an assortment of United Launch Alliance Delta II rockets, which flew into space carrying some of the most famous cargo in the history of space missions. The historic launch towers dismantled for the creation of a new complex to launch lunar missions.

Moon Express is testing engines and landers at the site, but they will be launched atop rockets from other pads or possibly other launch sites. The last time there was a launch from either one of the towers was almost seven years ago.

The rubble of SLC-17 will be cleared away to make room for Moon Express.

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