What the Hell’s Going On at NASA?

OK, first the deal with the Scorned Astronaut.  That was weird, but any organization can have romantic entanglements among it’s people.  Besides, astronauts are used to wearing diapers.

But now comes word that NASA let astronauts fly drunk, and generally ignores the input of it’s medical staff on the conditions of astronauts.  And like many of you, though I took note of the article headline with a “Damn!” reaction, I didn’t get around to reading the coverage until today.

And I gotta say…the headline doesn’t really convey how fucked up NASA must be.  I mean, this has to be 10 times worse than either of the crashes, right?  The crashes revealed problems in NASA’s organization, but at no point did anybody suggest people were drunk.  And the idea that NASA just blows off the concerns of doctors and crew members is appalling.

How is this not going to become a huge story?

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6 Responses to What the Hell’s Going On at NASA?

  1. Nathan D says:

    Maybe what it really shows is how much the astronauts actually matter in the success of a mission?

  2. I’m sure that’s true to some extent, especially during the initial takeoff, but obviously even if the astronauts were actors impersonating astronauts with no responsibilties whatsoever it would still be bad to let them fly drunk and ignore safety concerns of doctors and crew.

    My thought was, maybe it’s a stress-relief issue. Still can’t happen, but I have to believe nerves go into overdrive. They just want something to take the edge off, probably…

  3. pipelineblog says:

    How many drunk astronauts does it take to change a diaper?

  4. Stanton says:

    Keep in mind the study was an anonymous Q & A of 14 astronauts and eight NASA flight surgeons. As NASA hastens to point out, the reports are anecdotal and unverified. Most likely, one of those 14 astronauts is making the whole thing up in order to take attention away from a romantic rival. That, or someone was fussy because their adult diaper needed to be changed.

    PS I’ll bite: How many astronauts DOES it take to change a diaper?

  5. Kelly says:

    Given how many times become false alarms, and how scary it must be, not to mention how little they contribute during launch; why not take the edge off? Especially if you are going make your move on a fellow astronaut. I can believe that many would get routinely tanked.

  6. pipelineblog says:

    Hilarious, Stanton.

    Unfortunately I have come up with no punchline better than: “BOOM!”.

    Drinking by non-essential crew members is one thing. Routinely ignoring the concerns of doctors and crew members is another.

    It’s really shocking, this apparent nose-dive in the credibility and competence of a federal agency. I’m trying to think of an agency of similar size that hasn’t been tarnished or worse in the last seven years. No dice so far.

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