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Alan Poindexter

Born: 1961-11-05 - Died: 2012-07-01
Cause of Death:
Watercraft Crash


Death Summary:

Alan Poindexter died in a watercraft crash near Pensicola Beach, Florida. Alan Poindexter was 50 years of age.



Who was Alan Poindexter :

Alan Poindexter (nicknamed "Dex") was a well-known Astronaut from Pasadena, California. Poindexter worked for NASA and was also a naval officer.

Alan Poindexter started his career at NASA in 1998, where he was positioned in the Astronaut Office Shuttle Operations Branch of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In May 2009, Poindexter also served as lead Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for the STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Telescope, as well as the launch CAPCOM for the STS-127 mission in July.

Alan Poindexter retired from NASA, and became Dean of Students and Executive Director of Programs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


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7 Signatures in Alan Poindexter's guestbook

  1. mario boulet Says:

    So sad to see such a productive, successful, young life be wasted away by death.

  2. Hunter Colby Says:

    He was my hero and i am deeply saddened by this.I wish NASA TV could broadcast the funeral and the committal services.They should do that for every astronaut who dies as a tribute to a true american hero.

  3. Laura Lane Says:

    So very sorry to hear about this. Dex came across as a lovely guy and a great astronaut. My sympathies to his family who must be devastated. I agree, a true American hero.

  4. Greg Bartley Says:

    He made a difference. A true ‘officer and a gentleman’. Deepest sympathies to Lisa, the boys, and his extended family.

  5. Tina Wekell Says:

    Goodbye Dex, you were a wonderful man and will be fondly remembered always.The love and care that you showed my son left a lasting impression on him that he will carry into his manhood. May you rest in peace

  6. Rosalyn Jones Says:

    My heart is full of sorrow for my long time friend and his family. You will be missed Alan by all. You were a great friend, husband, father, and astronaut.

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