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NASA: Worker Sabotaged Computer Bound for Space Station
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 2127 days ago | Friday, 27th July , 2007 , 06:45 [am] | Azerbaijan
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NASA officials said Thursday the severed cables were discovered quickly, and they expect repairs to be completed before the next space-shuttle
The U.S. space program is reporting an attack of sabotage by one of its workers, who deliberately cut wires on a computer bound for the International Space Station.
NASA officials said Thursday the severed cables were discovered quickly, and they expect repairs to be completed before the next space-shuttle launch on August 7.
There is no word on a motive for the sabotage incident, but the space agency says the damaged computer posed no danger to the astronauts.
Separately, the journal “Aviation Week and Space Technology” says that on at least two occasions, NASA astronauts were allowed to fly after their health supervisors, flight surgeons, warned they were so drunk they posed a flight safety risk.
The magazine says an independent panel studying astronauts’ health found “heavy use of alcohol” before launch.
NASA officials scheduled a news conference Friday to discuss the report about alcohol use.
The health panel was created after the arrest of former astronaut Lisa Nowak, who was charged with the attempted kidnapping of a woman she considered a rival for the affections of another astronaut.
In the sabotage case, officials said the computer damage was discovered about a week and a half ago. NASA’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating. The computer, which is due to be flown up to Earth orbit next month aboard space shuttle Endeavour, is intended to measure structural strain on the orbiting laboratory.voa, Voice of a Nation