Dramatic moment Cape Canaveral's historic LC-17 towers are demolished [Video]

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"Fire in the hole!" Watch the dramatic moment Cape Canaveral"s historic LC-17 launch towers are demolished to make way for lunar mining startup, Moon ExpressSpace Launch Complex 17 (long known as LC-17) was built in 1956 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in FlThe LC-17 two launch towers came...

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‘Fire in the hole!’ Watch the dramatic moment Cape Canaveral’s historic LC-17 launch towers are demolished to make way for lunar mining startup, Moon Express

  • Space Launch Complex 17 (long known as LC-17) was built in 1956 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Fl
  • The LC-17 two launch towers came crashing down at 7 a.m. …

A historic launch site from which more than 300 rockets have blasted off since the 1950s was demolished this morning to make way for a new commercial operator. With a dramatic countdown and shouts of ¿fire in the hole,¿ the two launch towers came crashing down at 7 a.m. (ET) on Thursday

¿Bittersweet day,¿ Moon Express CEO Bob Richards tweeted Thursday morning, following the planned explosion that took down the two launch towers
After hundreds of Thor and Delta launches, used to send probes, satellites, and other craft beyond Earth¿s atmosphere, operations at LC-17 officially ceased in 2011

Space Launch Complex 17 (long known as LC-17) was built in 1956 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and supported a total of 325 Thor and Delta rocket launches in its decades-long career. It's pictured above during a 1960 launch of a Delta rocket, carrying NASA's Echo 1 satellite

Industry experts have hailed the event as both the end of an era and a new beginning, as Moon Express prepares to take over the site to build its future moon lander

The  MX-1E spacecraft is slated to fly before the end of the year aboard a Rocket Lab Electron booster, which launches from New Zealand and will attempt to win the $20M Google Lunar XPRIZE

Roughly as tall as a person, the MX-1E can land up to 66 pounds on the lunar surface and is also designed to ¿hop¿ across the Moon once it lands.

LC-17 saw decades of successes and breakthroughs in spaceflight