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Did Astronaut Chris Hadfield Test the Effects of Marijuana in Space?

A photograph shows astronaut Chris Hadfield holding what looks like a bag of marijuana aboard the International Space Station.

  • Published 26 November 2018

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A photograph shows astronaut Chris Hadfield holding a bag of marijuana aboard the International Space Station.

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An image purportedly showing NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield holding a bag of marijuana aboard the International Space Station (ISS) was posted by the “Pictures in History” Facebook page in November 2018, along with a caption stating that the astronaut was testing the effects of the drug in space:

Although followers might expect to see genuine historical images being posted by a social media page named “Pictures in History,” that account frequently shares manipulated or miscaptioned images. In this case, an image of Hadfield holding a bag of Easter Eggs was doctored in order to make it appear as if the astronaut were showing off a pouch of marijuana

The genuine image was originally posted to Hadfield’s Twitter account on Easter in 2013:

Not only is the image of Chris Hadfield holding a bag of marijuana fake, but it’s unlikely that any similar (but genuine) photographs of astronauts with drug paraphernalia exist, as NASA has been a drug-free workplace since at least the mid-1980s.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has also warned against drug use aboard the International Space Station, arguing that it could be deadly for astronauts to get stoned in space:

“The problem is, in space now, many things will kill you. So, if you do anything to alter your understanding of what is reality, that’s not in the interest of your health. If you want to get high in space, lock yourself in your cabin, and don’t come out. ‘Cause you could break stuff inadvertently.”

A photograph shows astronaut Chris Hadfield holding what looks like a bag of marijuana aboard the International Space Station.

Despite what’s on Facebook, astronauts don’t smoke cannabis in space

Though maybe it’s a good thing

According to Snopes, a website that debunks rumors and images coursing through the internet, the Hadfield photo is certainly fake. Photo by vitacopS / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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    Over the weekend, a highly tantalizing and highly suspicious picture circulated Facebook, depicting astronaut Chris Hadfield holding a hefty bag of cannabis flower aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The photograph, originally posted from the “Pictures In History” account, carried a provocative quotation: “Astronaut Chris Hadfield testing marijuana in space, 2012.”

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    But according to Snopes, a website that debunks rumors and images coursing through the internet, the Hadfield photo is certainly fake. “Although followers might expect to see genuine historical images being posted by a social media page named ‘Pictures in History,’ that account frequently shares manipulated or miscaptioned images,” writes the site.

    The picture of Hadfield holding the bag of weed was photoshopped from an image Hadfield posted on Twitter several years back of him holding a bag filled with Easter eggs as a surprise for the crew.

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    Sorry to report that NASA isn’t testing marijuana’s effects in space just yet. This is an organization, after all, that launched an investigation probe into SpaceX and Boeing, following SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk was recorded smoking a joint for a Joe Rogan podcast episode. NASA, as it likes to remind everyone, has been a drug-free workplace since 1980.

    Plus, as famed astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson said when responding to the Elon Musk drama months ago, smoking cannabis aboard the ISS isn’t advisable.

    “Well, the problem is, in space now, many things will kill you,” he said. “So if you do anything to alter your understanding of what is reality, that’s not in the interest of your health. So if you want to get high in space, like lock yourself in your cabin and don’t come out because you could break stuff inadvertently. OK? That’s how that goes.”

    Though that edible may have made you feel like you’d just blasted off the planet, we’re not in an era where astronauts get blasted while off the planet. For now, maybe that’s a good thing.

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    Though maybe it’s a good thing