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NASA - Drunken astronauts reportedly allowed to fly

 
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Drunken astronauts reportedly allowed to fly

Independent panel cites ‘heavy use of alcohol’ before launch, sources say

MSNBC staff and news service reports

Updated: 9:12 p.m. ET July 26, 2007

A panel has found that astronauts were allowed to fly on at least two occasions despite warnings they were so drunk they posed a flight risk, sources familiar with the panel's report said Thursday.

Aviation Week also reported that the independent panel set up by NASA to study astronaut health issues found evidence of "heavy use of alcohol" before launch that was within the standard 12-hour "bottle-to-throttle" rule. Flight surgeons and other astronauts warned that drunken astronauts posed a flight risk when they flew on the two known occasions, according to the publication.

A source who has seen the panel's draft report confirmed that it referred to the two occasions — but noted that the claims were based strictly on anecdotal reports, rather than hard evidence such as blood tests. The source spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity because NASA did not provide authorization to discuss the report.

The report came to light even as NASA was dealing with an alleged case of space-computer sabotage, and served to highlight the challenges facing the space agency as it moves from the "right stuff" stereotypes of its past into a less forgiving future.

"Astronauts used to get away with all manner of rule-breaking back in the 1980s and 1990s, when NASA top managers used the astronaut office as their auxiliary drinking team, baseball team and dating service," said NBC News space analyst James Oberg, a 22-year veteran of NASA's Mission Control. "That has largely been cleaned up under the last two administrators."

Nevertheless, controversies still crop up: Most notably, astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in February and is facing assault charges for confronting a romantic rival. That sensational case sparked NASA to authorize the independent panel investigation as well as an internal review of the space agency's astronaut screening procedures.

Sources said that the panel's draft report does not address Nowak's case directly or mention any other astronaut by name.

A spokeswoman at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the astronaut corps is based, would not comment on the report. The space agency said it would release the findings of "two reviews regarding astronaut medical and behavioral health assessments" at a press conference on Friday in Washington.

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The Mods or whoever it is also seem to be DRUNK. Deleting stuff and banning people wont make it go away

You cannot hide NASA, you cant hide the truth

It's Coming

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[link to www.msnbc.msn.com]

Drunken astronauts reportedly allowed to fly

Independent panel cites ‘heavy use of alcohol’ before launch, sources say

MSNBC staff and news service reports

Updated: 9:12 p.m. ET July 26, 2007

A panel has found that astronauts were allowed to fly on at least two occasions despite warnings they were so drunk they posed a flight risk, sources familiar with the panel's report said Thursday.

Aviation Week also reported that the independent panel set up by NASA to study astronaut health issues found evidence of "heavy use of alcohol" before launch that was within the standard 12-hour "bottle-to-throttle" rule. Flight surgeons and other astronauts warned that drunken astronauts posed a flight risk when they flew on the two known occasions, according to the publication.

A source who has seen the panel's draft report confirmed that it referred to the two occasions — but noted that the claims were based strictly on anecdotal reports, rather than hard evidence such as blood tests. The source spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity because NASA did not provide authorization to discuss the report.

The report came to light even as NASA was dealing with an alleged case of space-computer sabotage, and served to highlight the challenges facing the space agency as it moves from the "right stuff" stereotypes of its past into a less forgiving future.

"Astronauts used to get away with all manner of rule-breaking back in the 1980s and 1990s, when NASA top managers used the astronaut office as their auxiliary drinking team, baseball team and dating service," said NBC News space analyst James Oberg, a 22-year veteran of NASA's Mission Control. "That has largely been cleaned up under the last two administrators."

Nevertheless, controversies still crop up: Most notably, astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in February and is facing assault charges for confronting a romantic rival. That sensational case sparked NASA to authorize the independent panel investigation as well as an internal review of the space agency's astronaut screening procedures.

Sources said that the panel's draft report does not address Nowak's case directly or mention any other astronaut by name.

A spokeswoman at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the astronaut corps is based, would not comment on the report. The space agency said it would release the findings of "two reviews regarding astronaut medical and behavioral health assessments" at a press conference on Friday in Washington.

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good lord who cares its all staged forever anyways, they know it, of course they get drunk, along with everything else fake nasa ever does.
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Because there is no space. They are lying. Greenscreens and water. Open your eyes fool.
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If I were sitting on a million pounds of explosives, about to be lit off, I'd want to be drunk too.....
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A bit of inside info:

One of my former bosses, a retired astronaut, had early Parkinson’s Disease.

The flight surgeons KNEW it.

However, they not only okayed his flight on Shuttle, he did an EVA in a space suit.

Most of those guys are DRIVEN types who study and exercise with fervor to achieve flight status.

The article touches on the antics of a former Center Director at Johnson Space Center. He had been in charge of the Astronaut Office, so he decided who to allow to fly.

One of my contacts told me about him, “George never pays for a drink, a restaurant meal, or a vacation. His astronauts or contractors have to pick up the tabs”.

What’s funny is that the Center Director only engaged in “minor” corruption such as letting others pay for his drinks (and he got drunk every night). He was once offered a salary of almost $1M/yr by a contractor to leave NASA and turned it down.

Yup, corruption in fedgov; it’s real.
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A bit of inside info:

One of my former bosses, a retired astronaut, had early Parkinson’s Disease.

The flight surgeons KNEW it.

However, they not only okayed his flight on Shuttle, he did an EVA in a space suit.

Most of those guys are DRIVEN types who study and exercise with fervor to achieve flight status.

The article touches on the antics of a former Center Director at Johnson Space Center. He had been in charge of the Astronaut Office, so he decided who to allow to fly.

One of my contacts told me about him, “George never pays for a drink, a restaurant meal, or a vacation. His astronauts or contractors have to pick up the tabs”.

What’s funny is that the Center Director only engaged in “minor” corruption such as letting others pay for his drinks (and he got drunk every night). He was once offered a salary of almost $1M/yr by a contractor to leave NASA and turned it down.

Yup, corruption in fedgov; it’s real.
 Quoting: darth


Nobody believes your fake and ghey stories.

Your entire purpose here is make the military industrial complex sound cool like everyone who works there is in some sort of action movie.

In reality they're all money laundering criminals who can barely tie their shoe laces together.

Fuck off with your bullshit.
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Is there anything more useless in this universe than an AC troll?

Watta putz!

Sitting in mom’s basement eating junk food and opining on the world.

Hey Skippy, some of us actually got an education and worked in the space program for a career.

GLP is a great place to publish inside info.
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Is there anything more worthless in this universe than government shills like me???
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Your logic dictates that during the month of September 2022 I will not be an astronaut.

I used this logic you forcefully insisted upon me and the reults were a disaster.
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