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Friday, March 2, 2007

NASA's astronaut not charged with attempted murder.

The Irish Times are reporting that Astronaut Lisa Nowak, who stunned colleagues by driving from Houston to Orlando in a diaper to confront a woman she thought was a love rival, was charged with attempted kidnapping but not with attempted murder.

Ms Nowak, who has three children and recently separated from her husband, was freed on bail and allowed to return to her home in Houston. She was ordered to stay away from the Florida county where Ms Shipman lives and was fitted with a global positioning device so authorities can track her movements.

Nowak, a flight engineer who made her first trip into space in July to the International Space Station aboard shuttle Discovery, sped the 950 miles from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers so she would not have to stop at a bathroom.

She disguised herself in a dark wig, glasses and trench coat to confront Ms Shipman at Orlando International Airport but told police she "only wanted to scare" the woman into talking to her.

Personally, I believe the woman is innocent on the grounds of insanity but those Americans do love putting the insane on trial and even, every now and again executing them. Ms Nowak should be assessed mentally not put on trial!

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