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Washington — Nasa, the US space agency has ordered a sweeping safety review of operations and workplace culture, including drug-free policies, at Boeing and SpaceX, two companies working to send astronauts to space, US media said on Tuesday. The review was “prompted by the recent behaviour of SpaceX’s founder, Elon Musk, according to three officials with knowledge of the probe, after he took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet”, said the Washington Post, which first reported on the story. Nasa declined to comment on the allegations, but confirmed the review would start next year as the agency focuses “on safe and successful commercial crew missions” to the International Space Station (ISS). “In the coming months, prior to the crew test flights of Crew Dragon and Starliner, Nasa will be conducting a cultural assessment study in co-ordination with our commercial partners to ensure the companies are meeting Nasa’s requirements for workplace safet...

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