Space Kyrgyz

by Nathan Hamm on 5/4/2005

What an absolutely wonderful photo of the man who is calling for the right to get one’s slant on in space.

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.

Can’t argue with that. In fact, he kind of looks three sheets to the wind in the photo.


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