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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news...feb05,0,6104316.story?coll=orl-home-headlines

Space shuttle astronaut arrested at OIA on attempted kidnapping, battery charges

Henry Pierson Curtis | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted February 6, 2007, 9:58 AM EST

A NASA astronaut could be released later today, a day after police say she attacked her rival for another astronaut's attention at Orlando International Airport Monday.

Lisa Marie Nowak drove more than 12 hours from Texas to meet the 1 a.m. flight of a younger woman who had also been seeing the astronaut Nowak pined for, according to Orlando police. She was being held on no bond at Orange County Jail, but a judge this morning set bail at $15,500.

Her commander at NASA, Steve Lindsey, and fellow astronaut Chris Ferguson both appeared on her behalf this morning.

Nowak -- who was a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle Discovery flight last summer -- was wearing a trench coat and wig and had a knife, BB pistol, and latex gloves in her car, reports show. They also found diapers, which Nowak said she used so she wouldn't have to stop on the 1,000-mile drive. Reports show that after U.S. Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman's flight arrived, Nowak followed her to the airport's Blue Lot for long-term parking, tried to get into Shipman's car and then doused her with pepper spray.

Nowak, 43, is charged with attempted kidnapping, battery, attempted vehicle burglary with battery and destruction of evidence. Police considered her such a danger that they requested she be held without bail in the Orange County Jail, reports show.

A married mother of three, Nowak told police that she was "involved in a relationship with," Bill Oefelein, another NASA astronaut, which she categorized as "more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship," according to the charging affidavit.

Oefelein, who piloted the most recent shuttle flight in December, could not be reached Monday night at home in Houston.

She found out Oefelein was involved with Shipman and planned a trip to Orlando to talk to Shipman about their relationships with Oefelein, reports show. She also told police the BB gun "was going to be used to entice Ms. Shipman to talk with her."

Shipman, an engineer assigned to the 45th Launch Support Squadron at Patrick Air Force base near the Kennedy Space Center, told police she was flying home from Houston. She could not be reached for comment Monday night at her home near Port Canaveral.

Shipman told police that after waiting two hours to get her luggage, she noticed a woman in a trench coat waiting near the airport taxi stand. When Shipman boarded a shuttle bus to long-term parking, the woman followed, according to police.

When Shipman got into her car in the Blue lot on Cargo Road, reports show, she heard "running footsteps" coming toward her. Nowak tried to open the car door, then claimed she needed a ride, or use of a cell phone.

"No. If you need help, I'll send someone to help you," Shipman responded, reports show.

Nowak claimed she could not hear and started to cry.

"Ms. Shipman rolled her window down about 2 inches, so Mrs. Nowak could hear her... Mrs. Nowak sprayed some type of chemical spray into the vehicle, at Ms. Shipman's face," a detective wrote.

Shipman sped away to the parking lot's toll booth, where she asked a parking employee to call police.

The first officer to reach the Blue lot, saw the suspect drop something black into a trash can at one of the parking shuttle stops. Within minutes, Shipman identified Nowak as her attacker.

A steel mallet, several feet of rubber tubing and hand-written directions to Shipman's home were recovered from Nowak's car, which was parked at a nearby LaQuinta Inn, reports show.

Picked up shortly before 4 a.m., Nowak was questioned until about 5 p.m. when police took her to the county jail.

Her arrest may be the first-ever felony charges filed on an active-duty astronaut, according to the space agency.

"Her status as an astronaut with NASA is currently unchanged. I cannot speculate on what might happen beyond that," said James Hartsfield, a NASA spokesman at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where Nowak and Oefelein work.

Nowak's biography shows she is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis with a degree in aerospace engineering, and a former test pilot who has logged more than 1,500 hours of flight in at least 30 types of aircraft. She joined the space program in 1996.

A Navy captain, Nowak flew aboard last summer's 12-day flight to re-supply the International Space Station and test safety features and repair techniques.

"A lot of my training is what you might think of as a Flight Engineer on ascent and entry," she said in a pre-flight interview on the NASA Web site. "I sit behind and between the pilot and commander and help coordinate things and keep the big picture."

A Navy commander, Oefelein is a former test pilot who attended TOPGUN, the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School. He has flown more 3,000 hours in more than 50 types of aircraft, including over 200 carrier landings, according to NASA.

A father of two children, Oefelein enjoys fishing, hiking and snowboarding, according to his NASA biography. In December, Oefelein, 41, logged about 308 hours in space.

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Go Navy!
I can bet she was a TQL gestapo while on the job, not to mention she didn't follow sexual harassment rules in the Navy with the 3 tiered system.
 

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Who said I'm goofing? I bet she's as wild in the sack as she is in the parking lot. :eusa_drool: :lol:

:eusa_wall: WTF I can't believe that idea. Anyone who'd wear space diapers to keep from stopping to pee is a freak show. I mean being in space and doing 110 days non-stop on a boat in the Indian Ocean only to have a few steel beach picnics and one beer day would do her because she had the right plumbling, but a LTR oh hell no:cuckoo:
 

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:eusa_wall: WTF I can't believe that idea. Anyone who'd wear space diapers to keep from stopping to pee is a freak show. I mean being in space and doing 110 days non-stop on a boat in the Indian Ocean only to have a few steel beach picnics and one beer day would do her because she had the right plumbling, but a LTR oh hell no:cuckoo:
Come on, can you imagine the positions she'd do you in zero gravity?
 

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Look out! Psycho Hose Beast!
 

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Come on, can you imagine the positions she'd do you in zero gravity?

with my eye closed? you damn skippy. But think of those similiar positions of another women much more physically and mentally better looking?
 

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I know you are goofing but that broad is a nut case! She is why they have square broom handles in prison!:rofl:

Yep, I think a better title might have been: NASA reconfiguing psych tests for astronauts.

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Yep, I think a better title might have been: NASA reconfiguing psych tests for astronauts.

:cuckoo:

I knew it, I knew it! There are links:

http://drsanity.blogspot.com/2007/02/crashing-to-earth.html

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

CRASHING TO EARTH
This story makes me glad I don't do psychological consulting for NASA anymore. Read it alll for the sordid details. One blogger calls it the "really wrong stuff"; another has the headline: "Psycho-Obsessive Astronaut Drive Cross-Country in Diapers to Confront Romantic Rival."

The latter headline aptly summarizes the plot of this B-grade thriller. I actually heard about it through the grapevine the other day, and it reinforces everything I have always thought about astronauts and the NASA organization--specifically, that in spite of all the cheerful NASA publicity, the astronauts are only human beings after all.

Do you imagine that because they are astronauts, they are somehow immune to heated emotions, poor judgement, and stupid behavior?

NASA goes to a great deal of trouble to convince the American public that the astronauts--each and every one of them--are superior people; and many actually do have a history of superior accomplishment. But the notion that they possess some elusive "right stuff" that makes them special simply by virtue of being selected as astronauts--or even by flying in space, ignores the reality of the human experience.

I'm sure it is shocking to find out that they have unhappy marriages; engage in affairs; have problems with their kids; act out in all sorts of inappropriate ways. Why, they even get depressed at times. Of course, you don't hear about this side of things too much. Nor should astronauts private lives be the subject of Hollywood gossip columns.

Nevertheless, if you treat astronauts like Hollywood superstars; promote them to the public as if they were God's gift to humanity; cater to their narcissistic fantasies; and indulge them in all sorts of special ways, it is not too hard to predict that they will behave just like any other entitled superstar (or politician) whose ridiculous exploits the public follows with obsessive interest.

Why bother to go to the trouble of choosing "the right stuff" in the first place when the superstar culture of the astronauts only encourages the worst sort of narcissism and sociopathy? Even if an astronaut didn't have an iota of such psychopathology before they their selection as an astronaut, they are at extremely high risk in the toxic NASA culture of developing it. (see here for a discussion of "acquired narcissism").

The NASA celebrity culture--like the Washington political culture and the west-coast Hollywood culture--creates these monsters by the uncritical adoration and reverence they give to anyone with a certain job description. Is it shocking therefore that astronauts, politicians, and moviestars behave like the demigods they have been convinced they are? NASA has just had a wake-up call. The powers that be at NASA have always known that astronauts are only human, but over the years they have managed to keep all the bad behavior out of the spotlight and pretend that there is only the good...
 

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I wonder if she is a flight risk? On bail for 25K! Somebody better call dog to catch this psycho after she skips out.
 

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She just needs a good man to rock her world about 3 or 4 times daily.

Speaking of which, you live near her, right? :razz:

not a chance. I'm a hobo living down in foggy bottom near GW university off F-street review my bio.
I shit you not:oops:
 

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The problem I have with this whole freak show is the different level of accountability that this Lady is being held to.

If Joe Bob had done the same thing, with the SAME results, he'd already be on his way back to the street corner cooking up another broke dick adventure.

As is usual, the media is driving me, and most the rest of the sensible population underground with this bull pucky.:eusa_wall:
 

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