Susie Cagle Susie Cagle, 8/2/2007 [Archive]

NASA High on Life Altitude and a Few Cocktails

NASA: High on Life, Altitude, and a Few Cocktails

Hollywood starlets are one thing, but astronauts drinking and driving? A new report this week revealed that NASA might have another little problem (besides funding woes, general incompetence, and murderous, diaper-clad astronauts): apparently some shuttle pilots like to drive with one hand on the controls and another on a nice cold one. It's still unclear whether the astronauts were drinking prior to or during take-off, and when these infractions took place. While NASA has no explicit rules against drinking and flying, some are saying this kind of behavior is perfectly in line with the thrill seeking, hard-living, alcohol-fueled pilot culture.

But what cosmic timing! NASA's antics seem to be mirroring those of the Paris/Nicole/Lindsay set, and the comparison hasn't slipped past these cartoonists.

Susie Cagle is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer. Reach her at susie@cagle.com.

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