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The director of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and head of the planetary sciences department has died.
The university says 65-year-old Professor Michael Drake died Wednesday at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson.
Drake joined the UA planetary sciences faculty in 1973 and headed the planetary sciences department since 1994.
He was the principal investigator of the most ambitious UA project to date -- an $800 million mission designed to retrieve a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth.
Drake played a key role in a succession of ever more high-profile space projects including the Cassini mission to explore Saturn, the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer onboard NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter, the HiRISE camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Phoenix Mars Lander.
#104 Bradley C. Livezey, 56, died in a car crash Feb. 8. Livezey knew nearly everything about the songs of birds and was considered the top anatomist. Livezey, curator of The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, never gave up researching unsolved mysteries of the world's 20,000 or so avian species. Carnegie curator since 1993, Livezey oversaw a collection of nearly 195,000 specimens of birds, the country's ninth largest. Livezey died in a two-car crash on Route 910, authorities said. An autopsy revealed he died from injuries to the head and trunk, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. Northern Regional Police are investigating.
Originally posted by CasiusIgnoranze
reply to post by Krusty the Klown
The scientists dead are from various different fields like medicine, physics, chemistry, engineering etc.
Most of these deaths coincidentally happen right after they discover something which threatens the views of the mainstream establishment and big multinational corporations.
Ofcourse, people die everyday. Even when under mysterious circumstances, but theres no conspiracy, right?