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Former Astronaut, Alan Poindexter, Dies in Jet Ski Accident

Jul 03, 12 Former Astronaut, Alan Poindexter, Dies in Jet Ski Accident

Former Astronautical Commander, Alan Poindexter, has died in a jet ski accident off the coast of Pensacola, Florida yesterday, at 50 years of age.

It is reported by media, in reference to the report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, that he and his 21-yr-old son were on one jet ski sitting in the water just off the coast near Little Sabine Bay, and his other son was on a second jet ski.

From the report, the 2nd jet ski barreled into the 1st knocking them off the jet ski.

Poindexter later died of injuries after being rushed to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.

Alan “Dex” Poindexter will be missed by many.

He was a Navy veteran, as well as Commander of the space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-122 mission in 2008, which delivered & installed the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory for the International Space Station.

His 2nd flight into space was in 2010 as was Commander of the space shuttle, Discovery, on it’s second last flight in space.

photo:nasa.gov

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