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    NASA Astronuats Flying While Intoxicated

    Drunk astronauts go from Right Stuff to the hard stuff
    * Richard Luscombe in Miami
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    * Friday July 27 2007

    America's space programme suffered unexpected turbulence yesterday when a revelation that astronauts were allowed to fly on the shuttle while drunk was followed by news of sabotage to the cargo of a forthcoming mission.

    Nasa officials are expected to confirm today that there have been at least two occasions when crew members were so intoxicated before their launch that they were deemed a flight safety risk.

    Meanwhile, engineers checking the shuttle Endeavour, which is on the launchpad at Florida's Cape Canaveral space centre ahead of its scheduled lift-off to the international space station on August 7, found electrical wires on a computerised monitoring device had been cut.

    Nasa launched an inquiry into the damage, believed to have been caused by an agency subcontractor, but stressed that it posed no danger to the shuttle or its astronauts. The device, which measures physical stresses on the International Space Station's external arms, "will be repaired and it will fly on this flight", Nasa's associate administrator, Bill Gerstenmaier, said.

    The drinking claims come in a report commissioned by the space agency to investigate the behaviour of its astronauts in the wake of the arrest of shuttle crew member Lisa Nowak in February for allegedly stalking and attacking a love rival.

    The panel discovered "heavy use of alcohol" by unspecified astronauts in the 12-hour period before a shuttle launch, according to Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine, which says it obtained an advance copy of the report.

    The agency's "bottle-to-throttle" rule prohibits any Nasa employee from drinking alcohol in the hours before a lift-off, yet at least two astronauts were apparently allowed to fly despite warnings from flight surgeons and colleagues that they were too intoxicated.

    A Nasa spokesman refused to confirm the details of the report, which would be discussed at a press conference at the agency's HQ in Washington today.

    The allegations come five months after Nasa suffered the embarrassment of the arrest of Ms Nowak, who allegedly drove non-stop from Texas to Florida wearing nappies to confront the new girlfriend of a fellow astronaut she had been seeing.

    Ms Nowak, who flew a mission aboard the shuttle Discovery last July, and Bill Oefelein, the pilot of the same orbiter during a subsequent mission in December, have both since been sacked by Nasa.

    In February, a panel of civilian and military doctors, psychologists, safety experts and astronauts, began "a review of health services available to astronauts".

    A parallel assessment at Houston's Johnson Space Centre, where astronauts live and train, of "behavioural medicine practices for astronauts" took place under the chairmanship of Richard Bachmann, a US air force colonel.

    Nasa's deputy administrator, Shana Dale, said at the time that the intention was "to determine whether there were any areas of concern, any leading indicators we might have picked up on, based on Lisa Nowak's dealings with other astronauts or Nasa employees".

    Ms Nowak is due to stand trial in September on charges of kidnapping and assault.

    The miserable day for Nasa was rounded off last night when a veteran worker at the Kennedy Space Centre pleaded guilty in court to stealing $150,000 (£75,000) of agency money. Elizabeth Osborne, 52, who had worked at Cape Canaveral for more than 30 years, faces up to 10 years in jail.
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    I'm not sure I'd fly an aging Shuttle sober.
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    Because I realize you all (the Roth Army) are a bunch of twisted, demented, beastility, porn loving, drug addicts and alcoholics and psycopaths. I guess Devil worshippers more aptly describe you.

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    Booze....it's out of this world!

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    it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how to get drunk!
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    My neice wants to be an astronaut.

    She wears a diaper and stalks people....
    (remember that chic)

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    "Flying High Again"?

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    I might want some liquid courage if I was being strapped to a giant Roman candle.

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    Hard to believe they don't have regulations on that. You can't drive a car or operate machinery while intoxicated? How the heck are they able to fly shuttles into effin space while on the sauce????

    That's scary!
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    Quote Originally Posted by muffdiver View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc View Post
    Hard to believe they don't have regulations on that. You can't drive a car or operate machinery while intoxicated? How the heck are they able to fly shuttles into effin space while on the sauce????

    That's scary!
    It's supposed to be a 12 hour "bottle to throttle" rule, just as it is with commercial pilots. But apparently nobody's checking. Maybe it's time to put a breathalyzer on the ignition lock of the shuttle?
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    My guess is that this is BS.

    It's possible that a member of the flight crew-other than a pilot may have had too much to drink but I can't see a shuttle pilot flying while drunk.

    Remember, NASA has enemies within the US Government who would love to kill the shuttle progam and poach that budget. This is most likey bullshit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    My guess is that this is BS.

    It's possible that a member of the flight crew-other than a pilot may have had too much to drink but I can't see a shuttle pilot flying while drunk.

    Remember, NASA has enemies within the US Government who would love to kill the shuttle progam and poach that budget. This is most likey bullshit.
    I think the Shuttle program will be done in 2012, I believe they are to retire the shuttle (or what's left of the fleet) then, but being drunk in space...............hmmm. Can you imagine throwing up in Zero gravity, that's gotta be fun for the rest of the crew.

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    If I knew I was gonna have to tempt fate on a re-entry, I'd make sure I was toasted before I inevitably got toasted.

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    This puts an end to Homer and Barney signing up as Astronauts, again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen View Post
    I think the Shuttle program will be done in 2012, I believe they are to retire the shuttle...
    Isn't the world supposed to end in 2012, in any event?

    I haven't trusted the space program since seeing "Capricorn One" in the seventies.
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