About a week ago, on March 7, NASA officials found 4.2g of blow at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Renee Juhans of the Office of Inspector General was unable to provides details about the circumstances surrounding the blow discovery, according to space.com.
Much to NASA’s chagrin, this is not the first blow incident. In January of 2010, blow was discovered in the hangar of the Discovery’s space shuttle. According to reports, a shuttle worker found it outside of a bathroom and reported it to NASA security. All of the roughly 200 employees with access to that area were tested. There are still no reports suggesting that any of these tests turned up positive. This investigation was eventually closed, and to this day the public does not know what happened with that blow.
These two blow incidents are not the first blemishes on NASA’s reputation. In August of 2007 reports surfaced that some astronauts were boozin’ before they launched. However, an extensive investigation found that there was no compelling evidence to suggest that any excessive alcohol consumption had taken place before or during space travel (see the story here).
However, the NASA safety chief at the time, Bryan O’Connor, did mention that booze is freely available to astronauts at the spaceflight crew quarters at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and at the Space Launch Center in Cape Canaveral during off-duty hours, where space men and women hang before they fly to avoid last minute illness. All the same, the high visibility of astronauts before flight makes it unlikely that they would get lit before flight, according to O’Connor’s report.
Perhaps the most infamous incident in NASA’s recent history involves former astronaut and Navy captain Lisa Nowak.
In February of 2007, Nowak, a married woman with three children, drove all the way from Houston to Orlando to confront Coleen Shipman, the girlfriend of NASA pilot Bill Oefelein. Nowak and Oefelein had had an affair but the pilot broke it off. Apparently, Nowak wore a space diaper and a wig when she attacked Shipman and sprayed her with pepper spray.
The police stated that some curious items, including a steel mallet, a pellet gun, and rubber tubing, were found in Nowak’s care. According to authorities Nowak was attempting to kidnap Shipman, and she was formally charged with this offense.
In August of 2010, Nowak was officially kicked out of NASA and the military. The charges were dropped to felony burglary and misdemeanor battery.
None of these incidents, thankfully, have actually lead to any crimes or accidents in outer space.