Report: Astronauts flew while intoxicated
Aviation Week & Space Technology says it has obtained a draft report that says NASA allowed astronauts to fly while intoxicated on two occasions.
The respected trade publication, which doesn't identify its sources, says members of a government panel found evidence to suggest "heavy use of alcohol" by astronauts during the 12-hour period before launches. Astronauts aren't supposed to consume alcohol during that period.
The panel, established after astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in February, doesn't identify any pilots or crewmembers by name in its report, the trade publication says.
Aviation Week says NASA wouldn't comment on the report. The space agency is scheduled to hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon. The report will be available for download at noon tomorrow.
USA TODAY is trying to confirm this report.
I think I'll go back to reading The Deathly Hallows now.....