NASA Administrator Calls Elon Musk’s Weed Stunt ‘Uninspiring’

NASA Administrator Calls Elon Musk’s Weed Stunt ‘Uninspiring’

NASA, the U.S. aeronautics and space program, has a history of epoch-making achievements. The Apollo 1 fire, the Challenger disaster and the Columbia crash all price astronauts their lives. The Apollo 13 explosion almost did. Investigations of those incidents all pointed to mechanical failures. However, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine says that technological complications always increase another set of questions, questions about the culture of the firms NASA contracts to build its spacecraft. And for Bridenstine, the question of business culture took centre stage after the NASA chief saw the now-viral video of Elon Musk drinking whiskey and smoking weed on a podcast.

NASA Demands Elon Musk Clean Up His Public Persona

Elon Musk, of course, is the world-famous entrepreneur and founder of Space X, Tesla and other massive businesses. However, Musk’s public persona has taken a number of hits this year, largely because of the number of hits of weed he’s taken. Earlier this year, there was the “funding secured” 420 tweet that resulted in SEC sanctions, fines and Musk’s stepping down as Tesla chairman. But NASA officials appear to be preoccupied with Musk’s more recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, where the two sipped brandy and smoked blunts while predicting the end of the world.

Musk’s issues with Tesla and the SEC aside, Space X has had a banner year. NASA has been working with Space X since 2006. And the present project, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, has contracted with Space X to to tune of $2.6 billion. But that just scratches the surface of NASA’s investment in Musk’s Space X. All told, NASA has spent almost $7 billion on Space X contracts.

According to Jim Bridenstine, if Space X wants to continue working with NASA, Musk can’t perform uninspiring things in people, like drinking and smoking marijuana . “I’ll tell you that was not helpful,” Bridenstine stated of Musk’s podcast look. “And that did not inspire confidence. ”

NASA Clears Space X After Workplace Review But Still Allergic Musk Like a Child

To be fair, NASA’s workplace culture review of Space X was in the works before Bridenstine and other officials saw Musk smoking weed on camera. Boeing, a long-time NASA contractor, was also up for review. However, the video did make Musk the attention of NASA’s review of Space X. And Staff took every chance they could to admonish Musk for his social, off-the-clock actions.

Together with the review underway, however, Bridenstine says Musk has made some of NASA’s confidence back. “I’ll let you know,” Bridenstine told reporters, “he is as committed to security as anyone, and he understands that that was not appropriate behavior, and you won’t be seeing that again. ” Apparently, if Space X wishes to keep working with NASA, Musk will have to be a good boy on camera–no more drinking or getting high.

Why Shouldn’t Elon Musk Smoking Pot Inspire People?

Yet, from a different perspective, the mindset of NASA administrators is what’s childish. Their stance counts on the groundless assumption that Musk smoking weed could result in faulty spacecraft and dead astronauts. NASA has every right to be worried about the safety and success of their missions, and everything that contributes to this. However, Bridenstine went further, calling Musk’s actions “uninspiring” and thus revealing his implicit, anti-cannabis prejudice.

To the contrary, many may find it completely inspiring that Musk can enjoy a toke or two while running successful businesses. Seeing Musk shatter some of the old stereotypes about cannabis use–underachievement, irresponsibility, etc.–is, from this perspective, pretty inspiring.

Will we see Musk smoke bud, in defiance of NASA’s Jim Bridenstine? Strategically, Musk may want to lay low for a while. Or, he could double down and make a statement: personal weed use on a podcast isn’t a danger to workplace security . But Space X still has to prove that to NASA.

Published at Tue, 04 Dec 2018 18:43:02 +0000

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