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Florida Today reports that former Kennedy Space Center Director Forrest McCartney passed away Tuesday at age 81.
A strong, personable leader, McCartney, a longtime resident of Indian Harbour Beach, played a huge role in rebuilding the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster. His leadership paved the way to the successful launches of critical national security satellites, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Magellan Venus radar mapper, the Galileo Jupiter probe, the Ulysses solar explorer and, ultimately, the International Space Station.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued a statement offering condolences on McCartney's passing.