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Watch NASA's iconic Cape Canaveral launch towers crumble

13 July 2018

The famous launch towers at the southern end of the Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida, which sent hundreds of rockets into space, were demolished in controlled explosions yesterday.

The fixed towers were located at Launch Complex 17, just north of Port Canaveral. It toppled over shortly after 7 a.m.

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As local newsgroup Florida Today reports, the demolition went smoothly, with a pair of huge launch towers and gantries falling lopsided under their own weight.

"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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The towers were in service for 60 years.

The last launch from the towers came on September 10, 2011, when United Launch Alliances workhorse Delta II program sent gravity mapping probes to the moon for NASA.

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Once the rubble is cleared, the site will be taken over by a private company called moon express, which hopes to launch regular missions to the moon.

Watch NASA's iconic Cape Canaveral launch towers crumble