- NASA boss Jim Bridenstine told reporters that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk smoking week on a podcast was "not appropriate behaviour."
- Bridenstine said he's had a "number of conversations" with Musk about the incident, and "you will not be seeing that again."
- Bridenstine confirmed he had ordered a safety review of NASA's contractors SpaceX and Boeing after Musk smoked, but said that was always the plan.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters on Thursday that Elon Musk smoking weed live on the internet "did not inspire confidence," The Atlantic reports.
Musk's company SpaceX is the subject of a NASA safety review after the inhaled cannabis on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast in September.
Now Bridenstine has commented publicly on the incident for the first time. He told a meeting of reporters: "I will tell you that was not helpful, and that did not inspire confidence, and the leaders of these organisations need to take that as an example of what to do when you lead an organisation that's going to launch American astronauts. "
Bridenstine said he personally ordered the safety review into suppliers SpaceX and Boeing, which was first revealed by The Washington Post. But he stressed that he wanted a review of their corporate culture before the Musk smoked weed.
His decision was influenced by tragedies in NASA's history, including the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, which killed Three astronauts during a ground test, and the two space shuttle disasters in 1986 and 2003.
NASA is launching a safety review of SpaceX after Elon Musk smoked weed live on the internet
Bridenstine said a question that always comes up is the culture at NASA contributed to those accidents. "What was the culture of our contractors, and were there people who were not raising a red flag that we did not listen to, and in the end, did that culture contribute to the failure and, in those cases, to disaster?" He said.
The Atlantic's Marina Koren asked Bridenstine whether a mask was a black flag constituted a red flag. "I think those were not helpful," he responded.
Bridenstine also said he's had a number of conversations with Musk about his behavior. "I will tell you, he is as committed to safety as anybody, and he understands that was not the appropriate behaviour, and you would not be seeing that again," he continued.
Business Insider contacted SpaceX and NASA for comment.
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