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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:06 AM
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Cocaine discovery prompts investigation by NASA
Source: Los Angeles Times

About 200 shuttle workers are tested after drug residue is found at the Florida base.

Reporting from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. - The people who work on the space shuttle don't fly on the orbiters they maintain -- but it appears at least one of them may have been getting high.

A shuttle worker employed by United Space Alliance found a plastic bag with a white powder residue -- later confirmed to be cocaine -- in a shuttle processing hangar at Kennedy Space Center last week.

The worker gave it to NASA security, and about 200 workers were given drug tests.

There was no indication that any of the workers were impaired, NASA said.

Space center spokeswoman Lisa Malone said the substance was found on the floor outside two bathrooms and a janitor's closet, in an area where workers have to swipe their identification cards, so NASA knows who was in Orbital Processing Facility 3.


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-nasa...
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DontTreadOnMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:45 AM
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1. I thought this might have been different
and maybe NASA discovered that Mars was made of cocaine.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:44 PM
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10. Looking again at the title, I can see how you thought that...
Sorry if you were disappointed... :evilgrin:
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:57 AM
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2. Testng new rocket fuel?
:silly:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:04 PM
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8. Maybe that's why space missions have become prohibitively expensive...
:wow: :silly:
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:13 AM
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3. This is a news article? nt
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Regret My New Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:12 AM
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6. I was wondering the same thing...
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:46 PM
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11. Well, I found it under news...
And this investigation could well affect the planned mission. It doesn't seem to take much, these days... :-(
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flyingfysh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:47 AM
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4. so that's how they get the shuttles high?
And we thought they had been doing it with rockets.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:03 AM
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5. Spaced out, man.
:rofl:
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:52 PM
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7. Probably got stuck to someone's shoe.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:28 PM
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9. That subheadline is weird--"drug *residue*"? It was a bag of coke.
:shrug:
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:15 PM
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12. Sounds like it was a bag that formerly contained coke
Empty, and unwisely discarded. It doesn't sound like a fat bag full of coke.

Anyway, certainly enough to set off the "zero-tolerance" alarmists, making their heads explode.

:party:
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SomeGuyInEagan Donating Member (872 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:04 PM
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13. Wow ... that lead sentence is awkward.
It reminds me of my grandfather trying to make drug jokes back in the early '70s (when he was in his 70s). Is anybody editing at the L.A. Times these days?
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:29 PM
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14. Reply #1 made me read that again, and you're both right...
He thought that it could mean that they found cocaine on Mars... :silly:
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:53 PM
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15. I think we can expect this in any high performance job now
You push people really hard, they will use drugs to meet your expectations.

In any intense, competitive business, professionals are using stimulants like athletes use steroids.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:45 PM
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16. A very valid point...
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 11:50 PM by Rhiannon12866
When I worked in a stressful, deadline business, it seemed like half of the people I knew about were on prescription drugs, either anti-depressants or sedatives... :-(
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:52 PM
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17. We're traveling faster than man has ever traveled before...
...Oh, WOW!!!
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