March 14, 2011

NASA Worker Falls To His Death At Launch Pad

According to a NASA official, a space shuttle contract worker fell to his death on Monday morning while working at launch pad 39A.

The worker, whose name has not yet been released pending notification of his family, was an employee of United Space Alliance.

He was preparing space shuttle Endeavour for its final flight on April 19th.

"He fell at the pad, and NASA emergency medical personnel responded but were unable to revive him," Kennedy Space Center spokeswoman Candrea Thomas said in a statement.

NASA did not specify how far the worker fell.

"The incident is under investigation," Thomas said. "As of right now, all work at the pad has been suspended for the day while we investigate what happened," she said.

NASA said that counseling and employee assistance are being provided to Kennedy Space Center workers.

The space agency was scheduled Monday to put Endeavour's main engines through a flight readiness test in preparation of the orbiter's 25th and final flight.

The test involves the flowing of gaseous helium through the shuttle's main propulsion system and engines in an attempt to detect any leaks.


Image Caption: In the first light of day, space shuttle Endeavour stands ready for processing at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller


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