Storied rocket launch pad blasted into history Thursday
From Space Correspondent Miles O'Brien
October 14, 1999
Web posted at: 10:12 a.m. EDT (1412 GMT)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (CNN) --
After 34 years of use and 27
unmanned space launches, Cape Canaveral's launch pad 41 has been blasted into history.
Over recent weeks, workers have removed supporting beams and
braces from the storied pad, where the Viking Lander and
Voyager began their journeys to Mars in the 1970s.
On Thursday after 10 a.m. EDT, some 200 pounds of
explosives were detonated, and the whole structure crashed to the ground.
The launch pad is being removed to make way for a new complex
for Lockheed-Martin's Atlas 5 rocket, which should begin
blasting off by the end of 2001.
Lockheed-Martin officials said it would have taken six months
to dismantle the launch pad without explosives. But by
blowing it up, they will cut four months off of the schedule.
The company has been selling T-shirts commemorating the pad
41 blast, as well as offering raffle tickets for the
privilege of being the person to push a symbolic button
setting off the explosives. Proceeds go to a holiday fund
benefiting the needy.
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