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House plans hearings on astronaut health study

With Friday’s release of reports on astronaut health care issues, which included the bombshell allegations of intoxicated astronauts, the House Science and Technology Committee is planning a hearing on the studies and claims immediately after the August recess. Committee chairman Bart Gordon said that his interest lies beyond just the claims of alcohol usage: “you only have to read the report to know that something clearly seems to be broken in NASA’s system of astronaut oversight. I hope the agency will take the review team seriously, and not just fall back on the tired bromide that the review team’s findings are ‘unproven allegations.’”

In a separate statement, Rep. Tom Feeney, ranking Republican on the space subcommittee, said he was “confident” that the administrator and his staff “will rise to this challenge”, adding, “Congress will also conduct appropriate oversight.”

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