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15 January 2010 :: 12:01:34 pm 7131

Cocaine Found In NASA Shuttle Construction Area

NASA has launched and extensive investigation of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after an amount of cocaine was found in a restricted area used in the construction of the space shuttle Discovery.
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Florida, the 14th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At present there is no indication that the incident has affected the preparations for the launch of space shuttle Discovery in March; however an extensive investigation is in progress to determine how the drugs came into the processing area.

No indication has been given as to whether any of the personnel involved with the construction of the space shuttle Discovery were under the influence of drugs, all 200+ NASA and contracted personnel who were in the facility at the time have allegedly been drug tested.


Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana stated to the gather media that: “This is a rare and isolated incident, and I’m disappointed that it happened, but it should not detract from the outstanding work that is being done by a dedicated team on a daily basis. We are conducting an investigation and working with center security and law enforcement officials to get to the bottom of it. We have multiple checks and balances in place to ensure the work on the orbiter is done correctly, and I have no concern for Discovery’s fitness for flight.”

Despite the Mr. Cabana’s statement, extensive efforts are being taken to ensure that the flight hardware and equipment used by the astronauts on Discovery’s upcoming STS-131 mission are completely safe. Meticulous records are kept on all aspects of the construction process, safety and quality assurance teams have the ability to check and individuals work in detail. Most tasks are reviewed and approved by inspectors and specialists before the team is allowed to move on to the next stage in construction.

“We have processes that will ensure the integrity of the shuttle,” Cabana said. “There is no reason whatsoever to believe this incident will have any impact on Discovery’s upcoming launch.”


Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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