Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished

- A small crowd gathered cheered Thursday morning as an explosion brought down the twin towers that marked Space Launce Complex 17.   

It was an unusual reaction to destruction on a launch pad.   “It’s a little odd, but it’s progress.  Progress is good,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne R. Monteith, Commander of the 45th Space Wing. 

SLC-17 went down in a cloud of dust to make way for the future of the Space Coast. 

The site hadn’t been used for a mission since 2011, but it did the job for more than 50 years launch everything from the earliest rockets to modern day boosters.

In all, more than 300 missions took off from the site’s launch pads, including the Mars Pathfinder, Spirit and Opportunity rovers.  

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

The private space company will send robotic lunar landers to moon.  

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