Towers and support facilities that supported the flights of some 325 rocket launches were demolished on Thursday July 12, 2018. Photo Credit: Mike Howard / SpaceFlight Insider
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A piece of the Cape’s launch history came to an end with the demolition of Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 17. The site where NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers began their epic voyage to the Red Planet have been reduced to rubble.
The GRAIL mission began in September of 2011 when it was launched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 17, located in Florida. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider
In the early morning hours, at around 7 a.m. EDT, Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith the commander of the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing that manages the Cape’s launches pushed the button that activated the explosives that demolished the site’s two launch towers.
“Keep your fingers crossed that I won’t mess this up and we’re getting ready to leap into the future,” Monteith said.
There are two pads at SLC-17. The site’s first launch took place on pad 17B on Jan. 25, 1957. Eight months later, on Aug. 30, ...