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NASA Worker Falls To His Death On Launch Pad 202

Posted by Soulskill
from the rest-in-peace dept.
RedEaredSlider writes "Tragedy has struck NASA as the organization announced a space shuttle worker fell to his death at the Endeavour launch pad this morning. NASA said the United Space Alliance worker fell at approximately 7:40 am eastern at the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A. The launch pad is currently holding the space shuttle Endeavour, which is slated to launch on April 19."
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NASA Worker Falls To His Death On Launch Pad

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  • Well... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 14, 2011 @02:44PM (#35482696)

    Well,

    I hope he died doing what he loved. It's the least any of us can ask for.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 14, 2011 @02:47PM (#35482742)

    Someone is dead ... stop being such a dick.

    Lots of people are dead. Where are the Slashdot stories for them?

  • Re:Well... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 14, 2011 @02:56PM (#35482838)

    On another note...anyone else find it interesting that 2 tragedies to people involved with this mission have already happened before it even launched? First the commander's wife gets shot, now some random worker falls to his death.

    Not really, you can find just as many dead people involved with a Superbowl, a racing event, or whatever else you like. Such "tragedies" are a fact of human life, they occur with statistical relevance.

  • by TiggertheMad (556308) on Monday March 14, 2011 @03:06PM (#35482944) Homepage Journal
    The launch pad is currently holding the space shuttle Endeavour, which is slated to launch on April 19."

    I thought we were done launching shuttles? Wasn't the most recent mission the last one? There was just an article the other day about William Shattner sending a final congratulations message to the orbiting shuttle crew.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 14, 2011 @03:15PM (#35483044)

    People working in potentially dangerous conditions at 7:40 in the morning a day after we all lost an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time...yeah that could end badly.

  • Re:Well... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Burning1 (204959) on Monday March 14, 2011 @03:27PM (#35483192) Homepage

    I say this as a guy who loves motorcycles... Think about them most of the day, commute on one, race one.

    I do not want to die 'doing what I love.' I would rather die quietly in my sleep at an old age. I take some solace in the fact that a falling death is probably one of the less painful 'accidental deaths, still... I would hope for much better.

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