Cans, And Cigarettes In Space (S576c)
From: LABLaughsClean on 1/15/2008
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cans, cigarettes in space, attributed to astronauts
Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska - Scientists employed by the U.S. Strategic Command have recently observed an increase in the amount of space debris that they are charged with tracking. Beer cans and cigarette butts now can be added to the catalog of over 10,000 items observed to be in orbit around the earth.
The source of this space litter has been identified as NASA space shuttle astronauts unwinding in between space walks and other assignments. Utilizing powerful telescopes and ground-based radar, the U.S. Strategic command has counted around thirty-six empty cans of Miller Genuine Draft beer and almost one hundred cigarette butts.
Reached at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA deputy administrator Shana Dale discounted accounts of beer cans and cigarette butts in space as fiction created by disgruntled civil servants. Deputy administrator Dale told Red Tractor USA that “These reports of astronauts drinking and smoking while aboard the space shuttle are absolutely ridiculous and totally false.” Dale also said that NASA astronauts are prohibited from smoking cigarettes at any time during their training or while on missions.
Based on the heels of recent allegations that several space shuttle astronauts had blasted off and piloted the space shuttle while drunk, Scientists at the U.S. Strategic Command have stated that they have solid evidence that the astronauts were also getting blasted once in orbit.
An anonymous source at the air force base told Red Tractor USA “Look, this debris was not there the last time we checked two months ago, then these clowns go up there and our radar has almost one hundred and forty new blips on it.”
Strategic Command tracks all objects orbiting the earth primarily to prevent
the misinterpretation of space junk as hostile missiles. Orbiting
debris is also considered to be a hazard to the space shuttles. Items much
smaller than a cigarette butt have been known to damage the space shuttle
when they collide.