NASA: Sabotage of computer by worker who cut wires; computer was to fly next month

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) -- A bizarre astronaut love triangle. Reports of drunken astronauts launching. And now, NASA says it caught a worker who allegedly sabotaged equipment headed to the international space station.

The agency alleges a space program worker snipped wires inside a computer that is supposed to be delivered for use in the orbiting outpost in less than two weeks.

The unidentified employee, who works for a NASA subcontractor, also allegedly damaged a similar computer that will stay here on earth. Officials have not said where the sabotage happened.

NASA hopes to fix the computer and launch it. An official says the damage would have posed no danger to either shuttle or station astronauts,

Also today, Aviation Week reports an independent panel found astronauts may have taken off while drunk. The health panel was set up after the February arrest of space shuttle flier Lisa Nowak. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary with assault.

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