NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters on Thursday that Elon Musk smoked living on the internet "does not inspire confidence," reports The Atlantic.
Musk's company SpaceX is subject to NASA's security review after he sipped marijuana on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast which was broadcast live in September.
Now Bridenstine has publicly commented on the incident for the first time. He told reporters: "I will tell you that it doesn't help, and that doesn't inspire confidence, and leaders of these organizations need to take it as an example of what to do when you lead an organization that will launch astronauts. America. "
Bridenstine said he personally ordered a security review of suppliers of SpaceX and Boeing, which was first revealed by The Washington Post. But he stressed that he wanted to review their corporate culture before Musk smoked marijuana.
His decision was influenced by the tragedy in NASA's history, including the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, which killed three astronauts during land testing, and two Space Shuttle disasters in 1986 and 2003.
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Bridenstine said the question that always arises is whether the culture at NASA contributed to the accident. "What is the culture of our contractors, and are there people who raise red flags that we don't listen to, and finally that culture contributes to failure and, in those cases, becomes a disaster?" he says.
The Atlantic Marina on the Atlantic asks Bridenstine whether Musk smoking weeds online lives is a red flag. "I don't think that helps," he replied.
Bridenstine also said she had "a number of conversations" with Musk about her behavior. "I will tell you, he is committed to safety as anyone, and he understands that it is not proper behavior, and you will not see it again," he continued.
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