We Were Promised Cosmic Cocktails

Authored by supercluster.com and submitted by EricFromOuterSpace
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In the early days of its human spaceflight program, astronauts would often prank each other by stashing small amounts of booze on a spacecraft before launch. When Wally Schirra blasted into orbit in 1962 as one of the original seven astronauts chosen for NASA’s Mercury program, he discovered that someone had stashed a pack of smokes and a small bottle of scotch in the capsule before launch. (Schirra waited until he was safely back on Earth to indulge.) And during the Apollo 8 mission around the moon, astronaut Deke Slayton had stashed a few small bottles of brandy in the astronauts’ holiday meal kit. It was all in good fun, but Frank Borman, the Apollo 8 commander, wasn’t having it. “I didn’t think it was funny at all,” he later said. “If we’d have drunk one drop of that damn brandy and the thing would have blown up on the way home, they’d have blamed it on the brandy.”

d183 on December 2nd, 2020 at 19:37 UTC »

If I were an astronaut on the ISS, I'd be pretty pissed that someone is drawing this sort of attention to something my boss wants banned.

conspiracydaddy on December 2nd, 2020 at 18:00 UTC »

being hungover is miserable enough on earth. imagine the space hangovers.

svarogteuse on December 2nd, 2020 at 16:05 UTC »

NASA will tell you there is no alcohol and might restrict it on their flight but the Russian space program has controlled access to the ISS since 2011 so NASA really has no idea and no control over what they were able to take up there.