Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Knocked Down: Historic Cape Canaveral Launchpad

Explosives fire to topple the Complex 13 mobile service tower. Credit: Steven Young/Spaceflight Now
A 30+ year old mobile launch tower was toppled with explosives. Concerns about the tower's structural safety and site contamination -- there is PCB and lead-laden paint chipping off the tower -- were part of the decision to knock it down.
"This represents another one of those great old soldiers that have stood tall in the development of our space program that we have to say goodbye to," said Col. Mark Owen, commander of the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral. []

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