Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished

На мысе Канаверал в США взрывом демонтировали стартовые площадки NASA

Explosives were used to bring down two aging launch towers at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The United States Air Force's 45th Space Wing oversaw the demolition, which leveled the landmark towers just after 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT). Gen. Wayne R. Monteith, Commander of the 45th Space Wing.

A launch pad that dates back to the early days of the space program was demolished. "There is nothing more exciting that we do than preparing for the future", General Monteith said.

Those towers helped to launch several high-profile NASA missions over the years, including the Pioneer probes and the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers.

The towers' demolition came almost seven years after the last launch at the site - when Delta II sent a pair of gravity mapping probes to the moon for NASA in September, 2011.

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One more Delta II launch remains, planned this September from California. The two pads ended up as the launch site for dozens of Delta rockets over the past many decades.

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

Moon Express leases the adjacent space LC-18, where it will test its lunar lander prototype ahead of a launch to the moon.

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