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Former Astronaut Alan Poindexter Dies In Jet Ski Accident
2012-07-03 04:33:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Former astronaut Alan G. Poindexter, who flew on space shuttle missions to the International Space Station, died on Sunday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said 51-year-old Poindexter died while riding on a jet ski with his 22-year-old son. According to a report by the Pensacola News Journal, Zachary Poindexter, his other 26-year-old son, ran into the rear of the other watercraft, knocking his father into...

2010-12-10 13:45:00

HOUSTON, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veteran NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter has left the agency to return to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Poindexter, a U.S. Navy captain, earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the school in 1995. He will return to serve as the dean of students and executive director of programs. "Dex was a well-respected leader within our office,"...

2010-06-30 10:30:00

According to press reports, veteran NASA shuttle commander Alan Poindexter said in Tokyo this week that there is no time for sex in space among professional astronauts. Poindexter told reporters that astronauts in space focus on the mission at hand first, not each other. "We are a group of professionals," AFP quoted Poindexter as saying to a reporter who asked about the possibilities of sex in space during a Tokyo press event. He said that the key is respect for one's crewmates and for the...

2010-04-07 05:15:00

The seven-member crew of Discovery docked to the International Space Station at 3:44 a.m. EDT. After a series leak checks between the vehicles they opened the hatches and joined the Expedition 23 crew aboard the outpost at 5:11 a.m. The crew docked the shuttle without radar because of the Ku-Band antenna failure. They are trained to rendezvous and dock without radar. Before docking, Commander Alan G. Poindexter commanded the shuttle to slowly rotate so that its underside was facing the...

2007-12-05 09:00:06

By A.J. Hostetler, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Dec. 5--Astronaut Leland Melvin is getting some down time with his family as preparations continue for his launch aboard the shuttle Atlantis tomorrow afternoon. Melvin's sister, Cathy Clarke of Rustburg, said yesterday that she was looking forward to a family-only gathering at a barbecue dinner last night in Florida. Today, relatives will enjoy their last visit with Melvin before the launch from Kennedy Space Center. . . . The...

2007-12-04 09:00:09

The U.S. space agency started the countdown Monday for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis is to lift off Thursday from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:31 p.m. EST during a 10-minute launch window. NASA weather officer Kathy Winters said the forecast called for an 80 percent chance of acceptable launch conditions. The seven STS-122 astronauts arrived at Kennedy...

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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.