The famous launch platform Mobile Launcher Platform-2 of NASA, which has been linked to its missions Apollo and Space Shuttle, is to be demolished.
Such as he says This makes it a perfect choice for people with diabetes and for those who want to lose weight or follow a balanced diet. CollectSpace, the space research company decided to turn its platform into a parking lot for vehicles.
So in a few weeks, Mobile Launcher-2 also known as MLP-2 will be a thing of the past.
The historic launch pad was built more than 50 years ago and has played a significant role in NASA's notable missions such as Apollo 12 and 14 (both to the Moon), Skylab (the forerunner of the International Space Station) and every Space Shuttle Columbia launch launch. . Also disputed, the MLP-2 was the platform from which the tragic Challenger aircraft was launched in 1986. In total, the MLP-2 participated in more than 50 launches from 1968 to 2011. So it has a long history written on it. the structure of 160 meters, 41 meters wide and 7.5 meters high.
As he says Robert Pearlman by collectSPACE, NASA decided to demolish the platform for a reason that is extremely frustrating.
Given its history, "it was expected that the MLP-2 would be retired as an art museum," Pearlman wrote, . ” But as Scott Tenhoff, who has taken on the task of demolishing MLP-2, said, the space agency is getting rid of the platform "because parking spaces are running out."
As Pearlman rightly points out, NASA has two similar platforms, the MLP-1 (formerly ML-3) and the MLP-3 (formerly ML-1). Built between 1963 and 1965, these three platforms were created for the Saturn V, Saturn IB and Saturn INT-21 rockets. After Apollo, the structures were transformed, renamed and put into use for the Space Transport Program.
But NASA is now entering a new era and the old platform can not support the weight of the upcoming mega launch tower, Space Launch System, according to collectSPACE. To that end, NASA completed a new platform in 2018 called the ML-1 and began building a second one, called the ML-2, last year.
At the moment MLP-1 and MLP-3 are not planned to be demolished and MLP-1 is still used to prepare the paths taken by the launchers to the launcher pad for the upcoming Space Launch System. MLP-1 will ensure that "the trail is strong enough to support the weight for the upcoming @NASAArtemis I launch", which could take place later this year.
The demolition process is expected to take about a month.
Before demolishing Mobile Launcher-2, NASA asked if anyone was interested in rescuing parts of the giant structure, including the Smithsonian, but received no response.
Definitely store this giant structure in one Museum is something that could not be frozen, however we hope that some smaller pieces will be left over to remind the historical platform to the next generations.