Shuttle Worker Falls to His Death

James Vanover was working on Endeavour
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2011 1:39 PM CDT
Space Shuttle Worker Falls to His Death at Kennedy Space Center: James Vanover Was Working on Endeavour
US space shuttle Endeavour on March 11, 2011 on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.   (Getty Images)

A worker preparing the space shuttle Endeavour for its April 19 launch fell to his death from a launch pad access arm today, according to NASA. Emergency crews at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral tried to revive James Vanover, a United Space Alliance worker, but were unsuccessful. Work at launch pad 39A was halted for the day. WKMG notes that a roofer also fell to his death at the Kennedy Space Center in 2006 after tripping over a wire. (More Kennedy Space Center stories.)

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