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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Space Worker at NASA Drowns




HOUSTON -- A Russian flight control specialist on assignment to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center drowned while celebrating the docking of the Russian-built Zvezda service module to the International Space Station, police said.


The 38-year-old victim, whose name had not been released, was found in the early morning hours Wednesday at the bottom of a swimming pool in an apartment complex near the space center, said Mike Keller, chief of police in the Houston suburb of Webster.


Keller said the drowning appeared to be accidental, and there were reports the victim and several Russian friends had been drinking.


An autopsy would be performed to determine if alcohol was a factor in the drowning, he said.


The Russian-built Zvezda, which is a command post and living quarters, hooked up with the two pieces of the space station already linked in orbit in a remotely controlled maneuver 350 kilometers over Central Asia.