Vice Squad
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Drinking and Orbiting

Sixth months on the International Space Station can become a little monotonous, I imagine. After a few weeks, the stories told by the other members of your crew take on a distinctly familiar ring. That joke about the view being "out of this world" begins to wear thin. And the once-charming bad Russian pronunciation of the American guy only serves to demonstrate the extent to which he is nekul'turniy. If only there were some performance-enhancing drug available....
Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov, just back from space, said that alcohol should be allowed on the International Space Station as it helps to cope with stress and enhances performance, the RIA-Novosti news agency reports.

Sharipov was speaking at the first news conference organized after he, U.S. astronaut Leroy Chiao and Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori successfully completed their mission on the ISS on Monday. The Russian cosmonaut said that it would be “desirable” for spacemen to have 50 milliliters of wine or cognac every day. “But only to improve our work, to better cope with the psychological stress,” Sharipov said.

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