Communiqué de pressse NASA du 14 janvier 2010
NASA INVESTIGATES ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE FOUND IN SHUTTLE HANGAR
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA has launched an extensive investigation
after a small amount of cocaine was found in a restricted area of the
processing hangar for shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
There are no indications the incident has impacted Discovery's
readiness for its planned launch in March.
"This is a rare and isolated incident, and I'm disappointed that it
happened, but it should not detract from the outstanding work that is
being done by a dedicated team on a daily basis," Kennedy Space
Center Director Bob Cabana said. "We are conducting an investigation
and working with center security and law enforcement officials to get
to the bottom of it. We have multiple checks and balances in place to
ensure the work on the orbiter is done correctly, and I have no
concern for Discovery's fitness for flight."
While there are no indications anyone who was working on Discovery was
under the influence of any illegal substances, drug testing of
personnel who were in that area has been conducted. There were about
200 NASA and contractor personnel who were around the facility at the
time the drug was found.
Extensive efforts are being made to ensure flight hardware and
equipment that will be used by astronauts on Discovery's upcoming
STS-131 mission are completely safe..
"We have processes that will ensure the integrity of the shuttle,"
Cabana said. "There is no reason whatsoever to believe this incident
will have any impact on Discovery's upcoming launch."
Meticulous records are kept on all work that is performed. Shuttle
safety and quality assurance teams have the capability to trace
individuals' work in detail. In addition, most work tasks are
reviewed and approved by one, and sometimes two, quality inspectors
and specialists who verify proper work was done on critical flight