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R.I.P Commander Poindexter (Space Shuttle)  
User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1265 posts, RR: 26
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6757 times:
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I had the distinct pleasure of interacting with him and enjoyed our conversations. He was a photography buff hence we had a something else in common besides manned spaceflight interest (even though he was a Nikon user   ).

R.I.P Dex.

I had the pleasure and honor of shooting his last shuttle landing:


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Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu




The story on his passing is below:


http://www.americaspace.org/?p=22227#more-22227

[Edited 2012-07-02 15:46:30]


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6645 times:

That is sad news indeed. Incredibly sad that after becoming a pilot, flying the F-14, serving a couple of combat tours in them over Iraq, becoming a test pilot then becoming an astronaut and flying on 2 shuttle missions.. flying one and commanding the other.. only to be killed accidentally in a jet ski accident by his youngest son. Truly tragic but what an impressive life he has led.

Thanks for sharing the article and your excellent photo eksath, sorry for your loss.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10734 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6604 times:

I had posted the news yesterday in the other thread. I had no idea if I was going to open a new thread as I did not know him personally - only from Space Shuttle missions.

posted Mon Jul 2 2012 21:23:19 your local time (12 hours 1 minute 37 secs ago) and read 131 times:

Space Shuttle: Lesson Learned (by jollo Jun 25 2012 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)

NASA Extends Sympathy to Poindexter Family on Death of Former Astronaut
Former NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander Alan "Dex" Poindexter died while on vacation with his family July 1 in Pensacola, Fla. A veteran of two spaceflights, Poindexter spent a total of 28 days in space.

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/history/features/poindexter.html

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RIP Space Shuttle Astronaut Alan G. Poindexter

     

[Edited 2012-07-03 00:52:52]


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1265 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6327 times:
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Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 1):
Truly tragic but what an impressive life he has led.

Indeed. A life well lived. Well put!


Shooting Endeavour and the SCA 9111NA at KSC. We were there to greet her on arrival post mission landing at Edwards. Dex is standing behind me with his Nikon. He kept bugging me to use a monopod that day.
http://atapattu.net/4A6U8540S2web2bbb.jpg



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6288 times:

Awesome picture man! And poignant.


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User currently offlinefridgmus From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5737 times:
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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3132 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5377 times:

You think you could correct the spelling of his name in the title of the thread? Poindexter, not PoinTdexter.


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1265 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5198 times:
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Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 6):
You think you could correct the spelling of his name in the title of the thread? Poindexter, not PoinTdexter.

Done. My mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.

Please note. I refer to him as "Commander" due to his Space Shuttle mission position that he retired at (and the role in which I knew him as). He was a US Navy Captain at the time of his untimely passing . It is possible he would have become a flag officer (just like his father) if not for this incident. I did not mean to give a demotion to Dex.

His NASA bio:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/poindexter.html



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