Friday, July 27, 2007

How Else Would one Fly into Space

There is some curious outrage about some possible news coming from NASA that some of the astronauts may have taken off drunk.

The report from a panel convened by the U.S. space agency did not name the astronauts involved or provide dates or the nature of the flights. NASA said it will investigate.

"Interviews with both flight surgeons and astronauts identified some episodes of heavy use of alcohol by astronauts in the immediate preflight period, which has led to flight safety concerns," said the report on astronaut behavioral health.

"Alcohol is freely used in crew quarters. Two specific instances were described where astronauts had been so intoxicated prior to flight that flight surgeons and/or fellow astronauts raised concerns to local on-scene leadership regarding flight safety," the report added.

"However, the individuals were still permitted to fly."

I know a small number of things. I personally would not go up sober. Moreover, I don't get the flight safety thing - from what little I may know, the astronauts don't really do much for the first while. Let them sleep it off until they need to send messages back home to Mom or appear to take pictures while the computers fly the vessel.


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