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Astronaut Grounded After Attack


February 6, 2007

Astronaut Lisa Nowak went from soaring in a spacesuit, to landing in a
blue, prison jumpsuit.

The 43-year-old married mother of three, who flew on the Space Shuttle last year, was arrested after allegedly trying to kidnap her rival in what appears to be a love triangle with another astronaut.

This morning a Florida judge ordered her released on a $15,500 bond on the condition she stay away from the other woman.

Police say Nowak was involved with astronaut William Oefelein who flew on a different shuttle mission last year. The two, who are both in the Navy, had trained together. He's not married.

According to the arrest records, Nowak found out the other woman,
Colleen Shipman, was flying from Houston to Orlando yesterday. So, Nowak hopped in her car and raced the 900 miles to confront Shipman at the Orlando Airport.

Authorities say she took a page out of the astronaut playbook by wearing diapers in the car so she wouldn't have to stop to go to the bathroom. Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.

Dressed in a wig and trench coat, Nowak allegedly caught up with Shipman in the airport garage and sprayed pepper spray into her car.

"The suspect had a confrontation with the victim or attempted to summon the victim for help and in doing so sprayed into the car" said one police officer.

Nowak was also found carrying a steel mallet, a BB gun, a four inch
folding knife, three to four feet of rubber tubing and large garbage
bags.

Before going into space for the first time, Nowak spoke to CBS news
about looking forward to going up.

"I like going on roller coaster rides and just the thrill of the ride and being weightless and seeing the earth from space" said Nowak last year.

Now this astronaut has been grounded


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