See NASA destroy its vintage Marshall Space Flight Center headquarters (video)

Early on Saturday morning (Oct. 29), NASA obliterated one of its own historic structures, literally sending it flying.

Building 4200, a landmark that housed the administrative hub of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, from 1963 to 2020, was purposefully dismantled by the space agency.

According to agency officials, the facility is being demolished to "make way for a succession of new, state-of-the-art facilities geared to assist NASA plan out the next century's worth of discoveries in space."

Building 4200 was demolished by NASA around 8:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 a.m. GMT) on Saturday morning. The office building, which is now only a shell of what it once was, was brought down in a matter of seconds.

The weekend devastation was live-streamed on YouTube by NASA. The event is replayed below at roughly the 30-minute mark.

In order to preserve Building 4200's history and legacy, the historical preservation team at Marshall, NASA's principal rocketry and propulsion research site, collaborates with both the Alabama State Historic Preservation Office and the agency's History Office.