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Astronaut Returns Home


February 7, 2007

From the Orlando airport ... back to Houston. It's a homecoming that
eclipses the attention Lisa Nowak got returning from her shuttle
mission.

Her neighborhood staked out with cameras waiting for a glimpse of the
astronaut.

Hiding her face, Nowak was released from jail Tuesday in Orlando,
after being accused of trying to attack and kill Colleen Shipman.

The common link between the two women, space shuttle pilot William
Oefelein.

Police found a love letter to him in Nowak's car, the car she drove
900 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront Shipman. It's a story that has left NASA reeling.

"When something like this happens in that very exclusive group, it's a
shock to everybody and reeling is not a bad word for it" said CBS News Space Consultant Bill Harwood.

Nowak's husband of 19 years works in NASA's Mission Control. They have a teenage son and twin 5 year old girls and were separated several weeks ago.

Her family released a statement saying "these alleged events are
completely out of character and have come as a tremendous shock."

Cops say the 4 inch folding knife, rubber tubing and steel mallet could
have easily killed someone. Nowak's lawyer says investigators are using a lot of imagination.

"They filed a brand new charge based on preposterous assumptions based on facts that are perhaps a misdemeanor. That's what it's all about" said Donald Lykkebak, Nowak's lawyer.

In the request for a protective order, Shipman said Nowak had stalked
her for two months. Now wearing a GPS tracking device Nowak is tethered like never before.


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