What does it take to become an astronaut? Years and years of training and dedication. As much as it takes to become a B-52 pilot. To throw it all away on a love triangle... to kidnap the woman who is supposedly your rival in affection with a man - -- no no no. If the guy cheats on you, you dump *him*.
Anyway, I am so saddened to hear of this terrible story. How this woman could throw away her future in space - what in the world was she thinking????
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An astronaut charged with attempting to kidnap a romantic rival in a love triangle with another astronaut was ordered released on bail Tuesday under the condition that she not contact the alleged victim.
The judge told Lisa Marie Nowak, 43, she could be released on $15,500 bond, then asked if she understood the conditions. She responded, "yes."
Nowak, a married mother of three, stood in a jail uniform, usually facing down as the hearing was under way.
She faces charges including attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery.
Police said she drove 900 miles, donned a disguise and was armed with a BB gun and pepper spray when she confronted a woman she believed was a competitor for the affections of Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, a fellow astronaut.
Nowak and Oefelein, 41, were both first-time fliers during separate shuttle missions last year. They trained together but never flew together.