High flying

NASA reveals cocaine was found near spacecraft

It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to bring cocaine into the small restricted hangar that houses NASA’s Discovery shuttle. But someone appears to have done just that. NASA says it has launched an investigation following the discovery of a small bag of cocaine at a Florida spaceport that is accessible to only about 200 NASA employees. The drug was spotted by a worker outside the bathroom. Says Kennedy Space Center director Bob Cabana: “We are conducting an investigation and working with center security and law enforcement officials to get to the bottom of it.” Meanwhile, employee drug tests are underway. In 2007, NASA launched an investigation after receiving tips that two astronauts were drunk just before embarking on spaceflights. No evidence of drunkenness was found.


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