Space Launch Towers Demolition

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (CNN) -- Launch towers that have graced Florida's Cape Canaveral since the early days of the space program came down Thursday morning.

The demolition was triggered around 7 a.m. by the commander of the Air Force 45th Space Wing.

A simultaneous detonation brought down some structures at launch complex 17, a few miles away from Port Canaveral.

The demolition has been planned for years.

The last time there was a launch from either one of the towers was nearly seven years ago.

Once the rubble is cleared, the site will be taken over by a private company called Moon Express, which hopes to launch regular missions to the moon.