Reporting from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. — The people who work on the space shuttle don't fly on the orbiters they maintain -- but it appears at least one of them may have been getting high.
A shuttle worker employed by United Space Alliance found a plastic bag with a white powder residue -- later confirmed to be cocaine -- in a shuttle processing hangar at Kennedy Space Center last week.
The worker gave it to NASA security, and about 200 workers were given drug tests.
There was no indication that any of the workers were impaired, NASA said.
Space center spokeswoman Lisa Malone said the substance was found on the floor outside two bathrooms and a janitor's closet, in an area where workers have to swipe their identification cards, so NASA knows who was in Orbital Processing Facility 3.
Drug-sniffing dogs, which were immediately called in to check out the employees, found nothing, NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said.
Beutel said that if the drug can be tied to anyone, the employee will be handed over to federal prosecutors.
"We do not tolerate the use of illegal substances for people who work on the orbiter," Bob Cabana, director of the Kennedy Space Center, told reporters.