Saturday, September 7, 2013

The First Shall Be Last


Pioneer 1 on the pad at Launch Complex 17-A on October 11, 1958. Image source: Wikipedia.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17, deactivated earlier this year, is scheduled for demolition.

LC-17 was one of the most active launch complexes in the Cape's history. Originally built for the Thor program, its first launches were in 1957. NASA's first launch, Pioneer 1, was from Pad 17A on October 11, 1958. Its last launch was also a NASA mission; the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) launched from 17B on September 10, 2011. Both were Moon missions.

Demolition has begun at the complex, so I went by to shoot some photos before it all disappears into history.
















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