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07/28/2007 01:47 AM ID: 63854 Permalink   

Astronaut Bottle to Throttle

 

Aviation Week has reported that an independent panel found that at least two astronauts that were drunk before flying. It was also stated that other astronauts and flight medics warned that they were so drunk as to pose a flight-safety risk.

The 12-hour "bottle-to-throttle" rule is standard NASA policy for flight crew members. No astronaut was named by the special investigative panel.

NASA said it plans to release information by an outside committee and an internal panel looking into the astronaut health in a few days.

 
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  Hard Core Insanity  
 
This is simply insane, to allow astronauts to FLY WHILE DRUNK!!

All this push from the gov to not drink and drive, yet NASA allows pilots to FLY WHILE DRUNK.

The cost of this vessle is irrelevent to me should something happen becasue of drunkeness - my thoughts are of what happens when the wrong button is pushed becasue they are FLYING WHILE DRUNK and the vessle crashes back to Earth - possibly killing how many people?

I find it ironic that the whole country is up in arms about that sport star and dog-fighting. Yet, I am not seeing the same where it should be, of this news. Are people not understanding the impact of this? If drunk driving causes cars to crash, it can also cause space shuttles to come back to Earth ...... maybe in YOUR CITY !!!

Don't get me wrong about my dog-fighting comment, I abhore it - I am and avid animle lover / advocate and am myself a Pit owner. I just find it ridiculous that this news of FLYING WHILE DRUNK seems to phase no one.

Hell, this "12 hour" policy I thought was slightly useless itself - I can get plenty schnokkered to the point that 12 hours later I should not be driving just a car, let alone a space shuttle.

I also found it insane that, from NASA, 'alcoholism' is not being considered. Oh fer fuk sake - if you FLY THE SPECE SHUTTLE WHILE DRUNK there is a SERIOUS alcohol problem.

Please, PLEASE, someone tell me you are as outraged as I am?
 
  by: Discarded Vet   07/28/2007 05:58 PM     
  What are you gonna do about it, pull em over?  
 
Astronauts walk into the shuttle, sit down, and hang on and hope they don't blow up. Some time later they find themselves in orbit.... they don't do very much during launch.

These astronauts might be good applicants to fly for Southwest Airlines, however.
 
  by: theironboard     07/28/2007 06:00 PM     
  What To Do  
 
I think every staff person that new about this and did nothing to stop it, no matter their position in NASA, should lose their job, without compenstaion - period.

I lost a job once do to drunkeness, that was the end of it - I agreed with the decision then and still do now that I am clean.

There is simply no excuse for this. I feel the same of commerical / private pilots - get caught flying intoxicated = no more job, period.

This country is FAR too lax on operating vehicles while drunk.
 
  by: Discarded Vet   07/28/2007 06:23 PM     
  I Dunno...  
 
If I was going to pilot something with enough solid rocket fuel to propel me into orbit...I think I'd wanna toss back a few before hand.
 
  by: groovedaddy   07/29/2007 04:35 AM     
  Do be foolish  
 
I go to work all the time drunk, and I do heavy duty construction, one time we raced a dump truck with a cement drunk around devils peak. holly crap! I've never been that drunk in my life. And look at me now, I'm doing great, and now I'll get social security for the rest of my life, its just a shame I killed all those people in the process.
 
  by: shoezacks   07/29/2007 12:14 PM     
 
 
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