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NASA denies astronauts flew drunk

NASA officials said yesterday that they have found no evidence that any astronauts ever flew while inebriated, or even showed up for work impaired, as was recently asserted by an outside investigative panel.

In particular, agency Administrator Michael D. Griffin said an account of an unnamed astronaut flying drunk on a Russian Soyuz flight was false.

"I'm saying I think our guys are doing a heck of a job, and these allegations are untrue," Griffin said at a briefing in Washington.

His remarks came with the release of a 45-page internal review of the claims made in July by a panel that criticized the culture of NASA's astronaut corps in the wake of the Lisa...