Editor's update: I ended up doing 2 Fox and 4 CNN interviews plus several for the BBC and a bunch of newspapers and radio stations. To see one of the CNN interviews (CNN Pipeleine) go here and look for "Astronauts flying Drunk". Play that.
Editor's update: You can watch the press conference online at NASA TV online here. NASA will likely post the reports here after 1 pm EDT. Meanwhile, I will be on (live) CNN International at 11:00 am EDT, Fox News at 12:20 pm EDT, and CNN Domestic from 1-2 pm EDT.
Editor's update: It would be premature, and as I am learning, incorrect to quickly jump to the conclusion that the incidents - allegations of incidents - being tossed around are necessarily Space Shuttle missions. Astronauts also fly on Soyuz spacecraft and "fly" T-38's regularly. Stay tuned.
Panel Finds Astronauts Flew While Intoxicated, Aviation Week
"A panel reviewing astronaut health issues in the wake of the Lisa Nowak arrest has found that on at least two occasions astronauts were allowed to fly after flight surgeons and other astronauts warned they were so intoxicated that they posed a flight-safety risk. The panel, also reported "heavy use of alcohol" by astronauts before launch, within the standard 12-hour "bottle to throttle" rule applied to NASA flight crew members."
"NASA will release the findings of two reviews regarding astronaut medical and behavioral health assessments during a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT, July 27. The news conference will take place in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington, which is located at 300 E St., S.W."
Editor's note: I can't wait to see how Mike Griffin and NASA PAO try to spin this. If these allegations are true, it is simply outrageous (and somewhat improbable) that astronauts were allowed to fly in this condition - and that this information was withheld by ANYONE at NASA - for any reason whatsoever. What is even more incredible about these allegations is that despite these findings by flight surgeons these astronauts were still allowed to climb into the vehicle and fly. Stay tuned.
Of course, no one still working at NASA who may have been involved will ever be reprimanded for this if this turns out to be true - including the allegedly inebriated astronauts. Yet airline pilots and crew - and bus drivers who do this - get fired or reassigned instantly. Some go to jail.