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RIP Space Pioneer

I hadn't noticed earlier, but Rocco Petrone died last Friday. I worked for him in the eighties, when he was president of Rockwell's Space Transportation Systems Division in Downey. He was a key member of the Apollo management team. On the morning of the Challenger disaster, he questioned the decision to launch when he saw icicles hanging from the gantry, but he wasn't part of the MMT.

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 30, 2006 06:55 AM
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God speed to one steely-eyed missile man.

Posted by tps at August 30, 2006 07:53 AM

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