Two historic launch towers at Cape Canaveral are... nonexistent as of this morning.
Just after 7 a.m. Eastern time, the commander of the Air Force's 45th Space Wing hit a button that triggered demolition of the towers and mobile gantries at Launch Complex 17.
And...they're down! Towers at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17 demolished just after 7 a.m. ET. Makes way for Moon Express to build and test its lunar lander here. Video recorded from nearby LC-18. pic.twitter.com/LVEdsZpTCj— Emre Kelly (@EmreKelly) July 12, 2018
The complex was the site of more than 300 launches, starting in 1957 with the Air Force's launch of a Thor intermediate ballistic missile.
Complex 17 will now be used by a private company called Moon Express that plans to test a small lunar lander that could fly missions for NASA and others.