NASA orders safety review after Elon Musk smoked marijuana during YouTube interview

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The latter are reported as saying images of Musk as he "took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey" during a livestreamed podcast triggered the concern.

NASA is ordering a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing, prompted by Elon Musk's recent behaviour.

The Washington Post reports that the folks at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration were less than amused with Musk's antics and have ordered a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing as a response to the colorful chief executive's shenanigans. "We have to show the American public that when we send astronauts into space, they're safe", - said in turn the Director of NASA Jim Breidenstein.

Crew Dragon will lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which also served as the jumping-off point for Apollo moon missions and space shuttle flights over the years.

"Anything that would result in some questioning the culture of safety, we need to fix immediately", he added.

Those test flights come after years of work by both companies, as well as significant delays caused initially by shortfalls in funding and, more recently, by technical problems both companies have experienced.

The release went on to underline NASA officials' intentions to ensure their requirements are met.

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Now, NASA is planning to review the workplace culture of Musk's other darling, SpaceX, because some senior NASA officials didn't like the look of Musk indulging in the devil's lettuce.

SpaceX, meanwhile, reiterated in a statement to the newspaper that "human spaceflight is the core mission of our company".

"Is the culture reflective of an environment that builds quality spacecraft", Gerstenmaier said.

The comments at both the ASAP meeting and the conference took place hours after the Soyuz MS-10 launch abort, which at the time appeared to threaten a gap in access to the ISS.

Earlier this year, Boeing had a propellant leak during a test of its emergency abort system.

It also found that SpaceX is struggling with "difficulties and problems" with the spacecraft's parachute system. It blamed technical issues for delays and warned that an unrealistic schedule could put crews at risk.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talks to his workforce as he announces the world's first private passenger scheduled to fly around the Moon aboard SpaceX's BFR launch vehicle, at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S. September 17, 2018.

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