Astronauts Drunk on the Job: Panel

Space travelers' IDs, fates still up in the air
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2007 5:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – NASA astronauts were permitted to fly while intoxicated on at least two occasions, an independent review has found. A aerospace trade journal published the findings on its website, revealing that astronauts engaged in "heavy use of alcohol" within the prohibited 12-hour "bottle to throttle" time before launch.

The astronauts, whose identities have not yet been revealed, were deemed a flight-safety risk by NASA surgeons and fellow astronauts. NASA has no comment but has scheduled a news conference for T minus one day. (Read more NASA stories.)

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