Trenchcoats, mallets, wigs, diapers, BB guns and pepper spray

What do these things have in common? As you probably guessed, they were some of the accouterments of a NASA astronaut arrested yesterday in Orlando on charges of attempted kidnapping, battery, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, and destruction of evidence.
According to a police affidavit, Lisa Nowak, a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle Discovery flight last year, rocketed from Houston to Orlando — using diapers so she wouldn’t have to dock at any civilian rest areas — in order to ensure that U.S. Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman had not fallen into too close an orbit to the apparent graviational center of this three-body system, fellow astronaut Bill Oefelein.
Based on the article, it is not clear what to expect when, or if, Nowak re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.
(Anyone care to guess what Jay Leno will have to say about this? I’ve already jettisoned every “witty” piece of payload I could detect…)

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  1. #1 by llewelly on February 6, 2007 - 4:34 pm

    Based on the article, it is not clear what to expect when, or if, Novak re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.

    Emphasis mine.
    I think you intended ‘Nowak’ . No relation to Robert.

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