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What Drugs Do Astronauts Take?

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the just-boosterspice-for-me-thanks dept.

Space 132

astroengine writes "Science fiction is stuffed full of examples of pill-popping space explorers and aliens enjoying psychedelic highs. After all, space is big; it can get boring/scary/crazy up there. It's little wonder, then, that our current space explorers consume a cocktail of uppers, downers, tranquilizers and alcohol to get the job done. Robert Lamb on tranquilizers in the space station: 'Sure, it hardly makes for a civilized evening aboard ISS, but it beats someone blowing the hatch because they think they saw something crawling on one of the solar panels.'"

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Let's see how... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30333820)

many seconds until someone makes a Twilight reference to the last line of the summary.

Re:Let's see how... (correction) (0)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333858)

Sorry, a bit tired. Twilight Zone.

Re:Let's see how... (correction) (0, Offtopic)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333944)

I haven't seen the movie yet. For a moment there you had me thinking I was in for an even weirder movie than I'm already expecting.

Re:Let's see how... (correction) (1, Insightful)

rhook (943951) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334016)

Its only worth watching if you're a 14 year old girl.

Re:Let's see how... (correction) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334158)

I'll watch it with your little sister or daughter, then I'll fuck her in the mouth.

Re:Let's see how... (correction) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334506)

tee hee

Re:Let's see how... (correction) (1)

Starayo (989319) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334488)

Or if you're watching with rifftrax.

Re:Let's see how... (correction) (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30335394)

The movie theater is going to be full of 14 yo's ? SCORE !

Twilight ZONE episode "Nightmare_at_20,000_Feet" (0)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334030)

Twilight ZONE episode "Nightmare_at_20,000_Feet" is what I meant.

Re:Twilight ZONE episode "Nightmare_at_20,000_Feet (1)

Escape From NY (1539983) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334760)

Spock.....there's.....a man.....on.....the wing!

Re:Twilight ZONE episode "Nightmare_at_20,000_Feet (2, Insightful)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335622)

More like:

"Spock.....there's.....a man....on.....the wing!

If you want to do Shatner right, you've got to include both the unnecessary pauses and the emphasis on the wrong words.

That was a great old Twilight Zone episode, though.

ah duct tape.... (5, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333822)

That ever useful tool. However would we have gone to the stars without it?

Yes, according to a 2007 report from the Associated Press, astronauts keep a few tranqs on hand in case anyone goes all suicidal or psychotic in space. NASA recommends binding the individual's wrists and ankles with duct tape (ever the space traveler's friend!), strapping them down with a bungee cord and, if necessary, sticking them with a tranquilizer.

Has any sci-fi show other than Firefly ever mentioned duct tape?

Re:ah duct tape.... (2, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333894)

That ever useful tool. However would we have gone to the stars without it?

Yes, according to a 2007 report from the Associated Press, astronauts keep a few tranqs on hand in case anyone goes all suicidal or psychotic in space. NASA recommends binding the individual's wrists and ankles with duct tape (ever the space traveler's friend!), strapping them down with a bungee cord and, if necessary, sticking them with a tranquilizer.

Has any sci-fi show other than Firefly ever mentioned duct tape?

Dunno but I just watched a Mythbusters episode where Adam and Jamie built a sailing boat almost entirely out of the stuff and sailed it on SF Harbour.

Subduing a crazy crewmember in a Gemini or an Apollo LM would certainly have been ...interesting.

Re:ah duct tape.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30333920)

Subduing a crazy crewmember in a Gemini or an Apollo LM would certainly have been ...interesting.

And possibly erotic. In fact, I think I saw that here [hogtied.com] .

Re:ah duct tape.... (2, Interesting)

Skal Tura (595728) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335844)

Currently the only reason my car still goes forward is duct tape holding a crucial sensor in place .... Due to it being a hot place, every few weeks attach a bit more so it's tight and nice again...

Oh and that works better than using the original attachment screws which fell out due to vibration ...

Best of all: This car is being used for snow racing ...

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335982)

Oh and that works better than using the original attachment screws which fell out due to vibration ...

Might a bit of loctite on the screw threads make for a more permanent fix?

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

Skal Tura (595728) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336058)

Yeah, it would. There's no excuse for being lazy ;)

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333918)

Has any sci-fi show other than Firefly ever mentioned duct tape?

The Disney movie Skyrunners (DVD 2009) has a small/friendly spacecraft that gets repaired with duct tape

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334210)

Dunno, but in Farscape Chrichton used WD-40 (another universal tool) on one of the DRDs

Re:ah duct tape.... (5, Informative)

mrsurb (1484303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334636)

If it's not supposed to move but does... use duct tape.
If it is supposed to move but doesn't... use WD40.

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334946)

Yeah, always liked that quote...

Re:ah duct tape.... (4, Informative)

shiftless (410350) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335926)

If it is supposed to move but doesn't... use WD40.

[pedant]

WD40 is actually terrible for this job. It was originally invented to be sprayed on metal parts to prevent them from rusting, and it works well for that. It's not a good lubricant though nor does it penetrate corrosion very well. On moving parts it attracts and holds in dirt and "dries out" within a relatively short period, leaving the part binding/squeaking worse than before. For a rust penetrant, use something like PB Blaster or Sea Foam. For a lubricant, use oil or something designed specifically for that purpose.

[/pedant]

Re:ah duct tape.... (2, Informative)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335678)

WD-40 is good stuff but for really stuck/rusty machinery, Zepreserve is better. No connection to Zep, Inc., I just work at a place that harvests and processes salt and so have to deal with a whole lot of rusty machinery.

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

hydrolyzer (1637811) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334574)

In the sci-fi game 'EVE online' the spaceships belonging to the minmatar race are often jokingly referred to as being held together with duct tape

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

zeropointburn (975618) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336760)

In rust we trust.

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

herojig (1625143) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334592)

Looks like they use a lot of it in the making of the Tilt-O-Whirl shuttle craft in Explorers (1985 by Joe Dante).

Re:ah duct tape.... (3, Interesting)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335158)

FWIW, when I was in the [USN] Submarine Service, we were prepared to do the same thing if a crew member went off the rails. (Though the doc had a couple of sets of soft restraints we'd use instead of tape.)
 
That being said, we did use 'EB Green' (a tape that makes the useless crap falsely sold to John Q public as 'duct tape' look like tissue paper) for a wide variety of things.

Re:ah duct tape.... (1)

SvnLyrBrto (62138) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335252)

> Has any sci-fi show other than Firefly ever mentioned duct tape?

Apollo 13 featured duct tape prominently as part of the repair job for the LM's CO2 scrubber. Of course, that actually happened. So I don't know that it properly counts as sci-fi. But I've always assumed that at least *part* of that movie was played up beyond actual events for cinematic drama.

Which episode of Firefly mentions duct tape? It's been a while since I've seen the show.

Re:ah duct tape.... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30335412)

Ripley duct taped a flamethrower to an assault rifle in Aliens.

fox news (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30333832)

yuck.

Re:fox news (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30333846)

It could always be worse [msnbc.com] .

You ever... (5, Funny)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333860)

You ever watch C beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate... on weed?

Re:You ever... (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333954)

You ever watch C beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate... on weed?

(crossing cyberpunk streams here)

More like the Elders on Zion, orbiting near Straylight.

Re:You ever... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334182)

Hey mon, I see babylon.

Obligatory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30333868)

I for one welcome our cybernetic overlords!

and....

In Soviet Russia, hand's thoughts control you!

Re:Obligatory (1)

xonar (1069832) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334508)

Wrong article bro

New technical problems on the ISS . . . (3, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333888)

. . . the bong is busted. First the bog, and now the bong . . . hopefully the crack pipe will keep going . . .

Re:New technical problems on the ISS . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334314)

Houston: "Don't worry, there is always bong tomorrow."

Re:New technical problems on the ISS . . . (2, Insightful)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335000)

High school kids fabricate bongs out of the oddest bits and pieces, often from what's available wherever they happen to be. I would hope our astronauts are at least as talented and resourceful.

Re:New technical problems on the ISS . . . (2, Insightful)

shiftless (410350) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336382)

The only problem I can foresee with bongs in space: no gravity!

Re:New technical problems on the ISS . . . (1)

mikeroySoft (1659329) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336952)

omg... bong water in all the equipment! Imagine the stink!
We'll need to train tiny ants to get in there with little cleaning utensils.

Dude.... (5, Funny)

Paxtez (948813) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333898)

I'm not sure what they take, but whatever they are, they are out of this world...

Re:Dude.... (2, Funny)

Z1NG (953122) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334620)

They definitely get high...

Psilocybin Mushrooms (1)

NoPantsJim (1149003) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333912)

Oh wait, I just watched 2001 a few hours ago. And it was me that was on 'shrooms. What was the question again?

Re:Psilocybin Mushrooms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334362)

WHAT'S UP WITH EUROPA ANYWAY? WHY MUST WE ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE?

Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like sometimes appropriate but mostly annoying so there.

Re:Psilocybin Mushrooms (1)

NoPantsJim (1149003) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334368)

Europa was not in 2001, it was in 2010.

Re:Psilocybin Mushrooms (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334778)

Yeah, and why does a hyper-dimensional alien artifact type its messages with caps lock on, like a retard?

Re:Psilocybin Mushrooms (1)

Randle_Revar (229304) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335726)

Even aliens know that caps lock is CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL!

Re:Psilocybin Mushrooms (1)

32771 (906153) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336136)

The monolith is really a C64.

Oh wait, I know this one.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30333938)

Space cakes!

Insult: (1)

djauto23 (1091453) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333962)

Your mother's an astronaut.

Please untie all of this duct tape! (4, Funny)

WGFCrafty (1062506) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333980)

I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that.

Please do try a diazepam or alprazolam Dave, they will surely calm you down.

Don't worry (2, Funny)

lastgoodnickname (1438821) | more than 4 years ago | (#30333992)

If there's one thing I can do, man, is fly when I'm stoned

Re:Don't worry (2, Funny)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334264)

Yeah... I'm still not sure it counts as merely 'stoned' when the cumulative mass of the lines of coke you've just snorted is several times greater than that of your body.

Re:Don't worry (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334404)

He did not mention coke.

Nyborg...not coke...that's what's up, man.

Did i mention 'whooosh!!' ?

Hint: "Heavy Metal", circa 1982

Re:Don't worry (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336518)

Yeah... I'm still not sure it counts as merely 'stoned' when the cumulative mass of the lines of coke you've just snorted is several times greater than that of your body.

If you've snorted coke in quantities greater than your body mass... and are still alive... the odds are strong that your drugs have been deeply cut with laxative powder and you've actually shit all your internal organs into the toilet.

Old News (1)

rhook (943951) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334008)

I remember reading this article nearly 3 years ago when it was first released.

Re:Old News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334138)

But that was then!

Now, when they are flying over one of the 13 states where it is legal, they can take a few quick puffs of medical marijuana for their anxiety.

Don't forget the viagra (3, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334032)

...for all the secret space sex experiments the NASA conspiracy nuts think are going on, and because they need to keep their bat servicable when they casually let it slip that they're an astronaut in all the bars around KSC.

They snort Tang (2, Funny)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334040)

Orange flavor

Re:They snort Tang (1)

barzok (26681) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334530)

Is there any other flavor of powdered Tang?

Re:They snort Tang (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334882)

actually, yeah... I don't like the orange stuff, so there's raspberry and mixed-berry Tang available in my Safeway
(and just to cut-off the obvious joke: no, there is no poon tang in safeway)

Re:They snort Tang (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30335354)

hahaha poon tang in safeway....dumbass

Re:They snort Tang (1)

Digit Machine (744460) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335030)

They have all kinds of flavors in mexico.

Blood of Christ? (3, Interesting)

maggotbrain_777 (450700) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334048)

Aldrin took communion on the moon? I had never heard that.

He did it shortly after landing... (3, Informative)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336030)

, but he and NASA kept it quiet to prevent a repeat of the Apollo 8 controversy, where NASA was sued by an atheist group over the reading of Genesis from lunar orbit on Xmas eve, 1968.

Obligatory (4, Funny)

srussia (884021) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334056)

"Do they smoke grass out in space, Bowie? Or do they smoke astroturf?

Re:Obligatory (1)

ionix5891 (1228718) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334262)

wow the smoke patterns from weed would probably rather cool in zero G

Re:Obligatory (1)

jocabergs (1688456) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334304)

The Japanese module on the ISS, is actually the solar systems largest anti-gravity bong.

Re:Obligatory (1)

shiftless (410350) | more than 4 years ago | (#30337518)

Yes it

Didn't you see the afterschool special? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334084)

They are high on life of course! I would never question something that my government put together!

What did they see crawling? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334104)

What exactly did they see crawling out there?

Re:What did they see crawling? (1, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334502)

Mynocks. Chewing on the power cables.

nothing to see here (1)

byteframe (924916) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334108)

I take drugs in space all the time.

Every comment is a Joke ! (1)

ami.one (897193) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334154)

Ok, so every single comment is a joke. Congratulations. Not that I can add anything of substance to such a Mooney topic. Just wondering.

Fox News ? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334164)

WTF is slashdot doing linking to an article from Fox News?
It's bad enough linking to UK stories from the Daily Mail, but Faux News is taking the piss.

.

They use marijuana syringes. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334198)

I know this 'coz once, my grandfather, who built space ships with us in our sofa when we were kids, found a marijuana syringe on the moon.

Re:They use marijuana syringes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334300)

How in the name of various deities is this modded Informative!? Funny, sure ... I would understand if they were logged in because then they get karma but it's AC. Guess the mods must be on whatever the astronauts are.

Re:They use marijuana syringes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334920)

All right now, which bright moron modded parent "Informative", and exactly what cocktail are you getting high on, and why aren't you sharing?

One drug is certain (3, Informative)

JamesP (688957) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334212)

Antiemetics (that is, anti-throw-up / anti-motion-sickness)

Not having gravity to "set things straight" can mess things up royally (in several ways)

Re:One drug is certain (1, Insightful)

pbhj (607776) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334522)

I'm hoping they also take some diarrhoea tablets too ...

Re:One drug is certain (1)

GPSguy (62002) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334538)

Less a problem on-orbit.

Re:One drug is certain (1)

tvsjr (242190) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334586)

That's what the duct tape is for.

Lies, Damn Lies and "Science" Articles (4, Insightful)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334296)

Perhaps it's my limited understanding of the word "do" at fault. I can only think of it in the present tense, rather than the future conditionals attached to such as "might". This leads me to have all kinds of misunderstandings, like wondering why they're taking pills to counteract a dust (!) that nobody's been closer than 230,000 miles to in the last 40 years. Or why the articles blathers on about zombies and CIA truth serum when talking about a sleeping/motion sickness pill that's been OTC for longer than NASA has been chartered. Or why NASA is having them take a "cocktail" to "get the job done" which would, if the description is accurate, prevent the job from getting done if not kill them (alcohol + uppers + downers + tranqs? Anyone remember Karen Ann Quinlan?). Quoting details from the equally unqualified and/or wrong doesn't dilute the article's idiocy. The content could have made a perfectly good article. Too bad the writer felt unequal to the job of writing a real article as you'd expect in a science magazine.

This article should be in "Entertainment". Or, if we're to keep such trash under science, we should have some subclasses that apply, like 'bullshit', 'lies', and 'science? what's that?'. Or maybe we just need to change the "news for nerds, stuff that matters" to "stuff that might fit into the popular subjects here, and might be real, or not; we're not sure, we don't read it".

Is this the result of voting on suitability of submissions? If so, maybe we ought to look into having editors that actually know something about the area they cover and approve articles based on content rather than side effects. It appears that ironically 'games' is getting more serious treatment than 'science'. Part of the problem is the 'science' articles being written, such as TFA. But the fix for that is the same fix for including decent science articles.

Re:Lies, Damn Lies and "Science" Articles (1)

spydabyte (1032538) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334540)

And here I was going to make a snide comment about FOX news, but you just went for all of media. Well played good sir, well played.

Re:Lies, Damn Lies and "Science" Articles (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334734)

Besides, exactly what available drugs can enhance your ability to operate heavy machinery? I'm pretty sure anything with alcohol is out, and narcotics too. I can't think of anything stronger than what's in an energy drink, even those can be trouble if you're not careful.

Just in case someone has a snit, I'm not saying anything here against the use of recreational drugs, but space is a special circumstance, first, they're probably on the job, second, you're dealing with living an few inches away from the fatal vacuum of space.

Re:Lies, Damn Lies and "Science" Articles (3, Informative)

nxtw (866177) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334998)

Besides, exactly what available drugs can enhance your ability to operate heavy machinery? I'm pretty sure anything with alcohol is out, and narcotics too. I can't think of anything stronger than what's in an energy drink, even those can be trouble if you're not careful.

Stimulants or similar drugs; all the good ones are controlled substances. Specifically, the linked Discovery News article says the astronauts take modafinil [wikipedia.org] , which is approved in the US for those with sleep disorders but useful for many other conditions as well. Modafinil can be used in many situations where ampetamine/methylphenidate and friends could be used instead, and typically with less side effects. Also, the Discovery News article mentions dexedrine [wikipedia.org] . Any of these drugs are likely to improve mental performance when used properly; although I must say it's unfair that astronauts get to use modafinil off-label when people know it can be effective for other conditions [law360.com] .

Caffeine is rather weak compared to these (scheduled) drugs, and has side effects of its own. Energy drinks might just create more problems - I've only used them a few times - and most of the time I felt worse afterwards. If I need to consume caffeine, I stick with pills (around a hundred times cheaper than energy drinks!) or coffee.

When taken at the doses needed to be effective, caffeine has more side effects than any of the scheduled substances I've used. (I've been addicted to caffeine since high school.) Of course, caffeine is usually consumed in the form of beverages or cheap pills, not expensive pills with gradual release mechanisms that reduce the effects of a large initial dose and sharp drop-off.

Re:Lies, Damn Lies and "Science" Articles (2, Funny)

CaptDeuce (84529) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335164)

Our fine Slashdot poster says,

This article should be in "Entertainment".

It is a light hearted article to be sure so let's not be "hasty" about making "claims" suggesting that is has no "reason" to be in a popular science "web site."

Or why NASA is having them take a "cocktail" to "get the job done" which would, if the description is accurate, prevent the job from getting done if not kill them (alcohol + uppers + downers + tranqs? Anyone remember Karen Ann Quinlan?)

More "sensationalism" in response to a light hearted "article". So let's be serious for a "momen..." er, moment.

As noted by our fine poster, DynaSor (hey, I like that name [wikipedia.org] ) must know, NASA prefers that astronauts refrain from using any drugs especially while performing critical activities such as launch, reentry, and EVA. If they needed medications on a regular basis that would not be acceptable in medically certified pilot, they would not be astronauts since there is certainly no shortage of qualified candidates. That noted, it would be irresponsible for NASA to jeopardize a mission or well being of crew members not to make drugs available on high profile multi-million dollar missions that are part of a multi-billion dollar program.

Alas, the simple mention of the the word "drug" triggers bizarre and irrational reactions from many, many people who are conditioned by propaganda and misinformation thrown at them from many groups (religions, politicians, pharmaceutical corporations, etc.) each with their own agenda. Ignorance and rationalization run rampant. It's not at all difficult to imagine listening to a patron sitting at a bar pontificate about how drug use is leading society to Hell in a hand-basket while gulping down cups of black coffee that he hopes will sober him up enough (it won't) so that he can drive home without fear of getting pulled over and get charged with a DWI. (For the uninformed, alcohol and caffeine are, indeed, drugs.)

However, I was prompted to reply when reading this in TFA:

Modafinil: You may know it as Provigil, Alertec, Vigicer or Modalert, but astronauts know it as the upper they take when sleep isn't an option.

Modafinil is not an "upper" in the generally recognized sense. Wikipedia says this about Modafinil [wikipedia.org] :

...like other stimulants, [it] increases the release of monoamines... . However, modafinil also elevates hypothalamic histamine levels, leading some researchers to consider Modafinil a "wakefulness promoting agent" rather than a classic amphetamine-like stimulant. ... Despite modafinil's histaminergic action, it still partially shares the actions of amphetamine-class stimulants due to its effects on norepinephrine and dopamine.

One can be administered Modafinil and fall asleep without undue problems. Suffice it to say that it is misleading to simply lump Modafinil with stimulants such as amphetamines and Ritalin that are routinely put to recreational use.

Therefore, I would say the major shortcoming of TFA is that it plays on the fears and misconceptions of readers to garner undeserved attention to a subject that could otherwise be more interesting and informative.

Re:Lies, Damn Lies and "Science" Articles (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336148)

Astronauts overwhelmingly have military backgrounds [spaceref.com] . The US Military has been using drugs well beyond the specifications allowed for "the rest of us" since forever. I guess what we need is a video game titled WWII Pilots: BENZEDRINE VS. METHEDRINE to really bring the point home to the pixels-and-keyboards crowd. The drug cocktail should surprise no one.

Who knew (1)

UbuntuniX (1126607) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334312)

Astronauts really know how to party, man.

Hmm (2, Funny)

gaderael (1081429) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334360)

Whatever they use, it sure as hell gets them High!

I know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334400)

Spacecoke

Hmm... (1, Troll)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334512)

So I'm assuming that the belief that "the right stuff" is a mixture of courage, determination, and good old all-american grit, rather than a delightful assortment of "better living through chemistry" options is just one of those lies we tell to children...

Re:Hmm... (2, Interesting)

Obyron (615547) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334790)

Kind of like how we tell our kids that all drugs are always unconditionally bad, unless they're handed out by mommy and daddy? This story is an interesting nexus of two things people lie to their kids about. If NASA were so full of American grit, they wouldn't have a problem getting Congress to get funding for (a return trip to the moon|an expedition to Mars|a space elevator).

There is almost always more to the truth than what we tell our kids, because of our own moral hangups and personal inadequacies. This is why, once they become teenagers and get their first trickled-down distorted taste of what the real world is actually going to be like, they rebel and hate you. It's the least they owe to the people who have lied to them their entire lives.

Drugs are like cars, or power tools, or guns. They're incredibly useful tools, but if you don't respect them they'll kill you.

And you should never mix them with cars, or power tools, or guns.

Unless you're an astronaut.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30334918)

Astronauts with guns, booze and power tools, driving hopped up monster trucks. I'm getting some pretty serious visuals here....

Should be main one (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334674)

Caffeine?

Anti-moon dust pills?? (1)

calixaren (1116263) | more than 4 years ago | (#30334892)

Wtf?? Was the author on "a cocktail of uppers, downers, tranquilizers and alcohol" to get the article done :-O?

Man (1)

lazylocomotives (1645339) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336184)

Why not some spice?

Is SF REALLY stuffed full of examples? (1)

Larry Lightbulb (781175) | more than 4 years ago | (#30336328)

I can't think of that many, not enough to back up this claim.
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