NASA defends Elon Musk in drug abuse scandal

In the face of allegations of drug use by Elon Musk, which can jeopardize millions of contracts, NASA has defended the millionaire. That’s because the space agency is waiting for the creation of the SpaceX lunar lander for its Artemis missions.

SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk smokes cannabis on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Illustration: YouTube/The Joe Rogan Experience

NASA responded to a recent publication by The Wall Street Journal, which claimed that Musk’s drug use was causing alarm and concern to SpaceX management. 

“The agency does not have evidence of non-compliance from SpaceX on how the company addresses the drug- and alcohol-free workforce regulations. We expect our commercial partners to meet all workplace safety requirements in the execution of those missions and the services they provide the American people,” NASA said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.

The Wall Street Journal details conversations with numerous sources who claim that Musk uses cocaine, LSD and psychedelic mushrooms at parties and that constant drug use leads to his unstable behavior. In response, Musk denied the allegations and stated that he had been randomly tested for drugs for three years at the request of NASA.

“Not even traces of any drugs or alcohol were found,” the SpaceX CEO replied.

In its statement, NASA notes that it enforces and verifies compliance with workplace contract provisions that prohibit alcohol and drug use, which oblige contractors to maintain a “reliable and effective” corporate culture and safety program.

Billion-dollar contracts with SpaceX

SpaceX is now an industry leader, and NASA is working closely with this private rocket company. The space agency relies on SpaceX to launch its astronauts to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon crew capsule. SpaceX also plays a key role in NASA’s ongoing quest to bring people back to the moon. The company has signed a USD 2.89 billion contract to use Starship to land people on the moon by the end of 2025 as part of the Artemis III space agency mission, and then for Artemis IV in 2028. 

Last year, the Pentagon also signed the first contract with SpaceX to develop Starshield, the military version of the company’s Starlink satellites. The contract value is USD 70 million.

Given these government contracts, SpaceX’s CEO should be a model of a healthy lifestyle and a successful billionaire. “If drugs actually helped improve my net productivity over time, I would definitely take them!” Musk wrote.

Earlier, we reported how Elon Musk was pointed out to a serious miscalculation in the colonization of Mars, and he was speechless.

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