punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Sometimes you feel like a 'naut, sometimes you don't...

As a kid, I never wanted "to be" an astronaut, although I'd still like to go to outer space if the travel was cheap enough and I'd like to experience zero-gravity for a while. But apart from that, I realized that being an astronaut was hard work, required military service, and it wasn't all "Steve Austin is the 6-Million Dollar Man" or "Star Wars Tie Fighter" like my friends thought it was. I wanted to be, above all, a planetary astrophysicist, and may yet be one someday, but none of my friends knew what this meant.

I was 14 when my parents dragged me out to see, "The Right Stuff." I do not begrudge them for this, for although I thought the movie was a little long, it gave a good idea about NASA and the space program, even if it was a little coated with Hollywood tinsel. There were suspicions the timing of this was coincidental to Senator John Glenn's run for presidency, but he didn't get it, so that's moot now. But the end result of this film was like a glorification of the guts these people went through. And even up to present day, there's a kind of untouchability to the US astronauts. Sure, they may have some faults, but all in all, they are a screened extensively to be a set of good, stable, smart, logical, scientific minded... oops.

Lisa Marie Nowak, Astronaut, goes nuts

Well... I guess it had to happen sometime. It's like out of a redneck soap opera.

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, and attempted vehicle burglary with battery. Orange County Judge Mike Murphy did not find probable cause on another charge, the destruction of evidence. He set bond on the other three charges at $15,000, with a $500 bond on the evidence count.

He also ordered that Nowak be fitted with a GPS device on her ankle, which will not allow her east of Orange County. Her victim works east, at the Cape. Murphy ordered Nowak not to have contact with the victim, who according to testimony, was a stranger to her until the two met at the airport.

GPS device. Ha! I can imagine something in Robot Chicken, "I'm in orbit, bitches! Come get me!"
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