NASA has launched a safety probe into SpaceX and Boeing, the companies under contract to fly NASA’s astronauts, because Elon Musk smoked pot and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet.
‘We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe,’ William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration, said.
Officials at the space agency will hold hundreds of ‘pretty invasive’ interviews to examine workplace culture at both companies and everything and anything that could impact safety.
Smoking marijuana is legal in the state of California, where the interview with Elon Musk took place. But nevertheless, Mask’s behavior has caused serious questions at the highest levels of management at NASA and prompted the agency to become more closely acquainted with the culture that has developed within the company.
The review aims to ensure that the public is confident in the program, which is set to launch flights next year.
‘If I see something that’s inappropriate, the key concern to me is what is the culture that led to that inappropriateness and is NASA involved in that?” Bridenstein said. “As an agency we’re not just leading ourselves, but our contractors, as well. We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe,’ NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said.