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South Mississippi lost a hero this week

The Mississippi Gulf Coast lost one of its heroes this week. Roy Estess a former director of Stennis Space Center and also former acting director at Johnson Space Center died suddenly.

When you talked with Roy Estess, you could not help but get excited about what was happening at Stennis and the space program.

A Mississippian, Estess started out as a test engineer at Stennis during the Saturn V test program. He was known as a straight shooter who was invaluable in providing solutions to some of the biggest problems facing NASA and the space program.

At one point in his career Estess was tasked with bringing in other federal agencies to the NASA facility. Today dozens of agencies work at Stennis providing hundreds of jobs for coast residents.

Estess also dreamed of having a world class space and earth museum located in South Mississippi. The Infinity Project when it is completed in a couple of years will be a tourist draw for anyone wanting to know more about our planet and outer space.

We need more men like Estess in our space program today who can verbalize the importance of going into outer space not just for the benefit of this generation, but also to lay the ground work for generations to come so man can explore and learn the mysteries of the world beyond.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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