Astronaut Charged with Kidnapping and Attempted Murder
NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak is shown at left in a March 2005 photo provided by NASA, and at right in a Feb. 2007 photo provided by the Orange County, Fla. Sheriff's Department. Nowak, 43, a married mother of three who flew on a space shuttle in July, 2006 was charged Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 with attempted murder, accused of hatching an extraordinary plot to kidnap Colleen Shipman, who she believed was romantically involved with William Oefelein, a fellow space shuttle pilot. (AP Photo/NASA, Orange County Sheriff)
Police also say Nowak wore diapers to avoid stopping for bathroom breaks. A steel mallet, knife and rubber tubing were found in Nowak’s possession according to investigators.
Former NASA Project Engineer Tim Taylor who lives in Birmingham said he is ‘shocked at the accusations and charges against Nowak'. Speaking in an interview with FOX6 News Reporter Jason Dennis on Tuesday, Taylor said several hundred thousand people try out for each astronaut position and once chosen, you are put through extreme situations.
“They’ve been through all sorts of psychological testing, hours of psychologist tests. They also go through isolation test,” said Taylor. “It’s really unfortunate and bizarre because these people are well trained to do a lot of different things.”
Nowak was supposed to be the commander on the ground for NASA’s next mission but her future as an astronaut is now in question.
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