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Rohan
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posted 08-19-2015 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rohan   Click Here to Email Rohan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The fate of the Apollo era launch umbilical towers (LUTs) and mobile launch platforms (MLPs) is well known. However, I am unable to find any information on what happened to the MSS, or Mobile Service Structure.

Was wondering if anybody knows anything about what happened to it once the Apollo program was over.

LM-12
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posted 08-20-2015 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The MSS cannot be seen at its parking spot in this 1978 photo. So I guess it was dismantled at some point between 1975 (the ASTP flight) and 1978.

Also, ML-1 was the only Apollo-era Mobile Launcher still standing in 1978. It was dismantled in 1983. ML-1 cannot be seen in the photo, so I suppose it was inside the VAB when the photo was taken.

Rohan
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posted 08-20-2015 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rohan   Click Here to Email Rohan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting, thanks! Yes, they were my thoughts too, that it was dismantled some time after ASTP.

On the subject of ML-1, I wonder why they decided to keep that one until 1983? From the looks of it most of the Apollo hardware down at the Cape was either changed or dismantled for the shuttle, but ML-1 was kept. Interesting.

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posted 08-20-2015 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A pal of mine swore he saw the remains of it south of the pad 39 area in the 80s. God alone knows if that's accurate but this guy generally knew what he was looking at in most other cases (and yes, he was specific that he wasn't talking about the other structures, especially since he had photos of those dismantled on KSC property before they were scrapped).

Rohan
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posted 08-20-2015 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rohan   Click Here to Email Rohan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by p51:
A pal of mine swore he saw the remains of it south of the pad 39 area in the 80s.

Does he have any pictures of it?

Cozmosis22
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posted 08-20-2015 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am guessing that the old mobile launcher platform one was not particularly "kept"; but was simply the last of the three to be transformed for the shuttle.

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posted 08-20-2015 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's an account from my book "Rocket Ranch":
The Apollo MSS was scrapped. Dave Mohr, hired by Rockwell just after ASTP, recalled being on the roof of the VAB when salvage operations began on the MSS: "I could see off in the distance that there was somebody hanging in a strap off the MSS. I asked my friend, 'What's he doing up there?' He said, 'I hate to tell you this, but they're starting to cut it down.' I watched the guy cut the first member off with a torch, and it fell 400 ft to the ground and went 'WHOMP!' It was really sad. I didn't want them to change anything."

Rohan
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posted 08-20-2015 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rohan   Click Here to Email Rohan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome, thanks for that. A sad time as another piece of hardware that helped America reach the moon bit the dust. I doubt there would be any pictures around, but if there are any I'd love to see them.

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