Latest Lisa Nowak Stories

2010-06-30 10:30:00

According to press reports, veteran NASA shuttle commander Alan Poindexter said in Tokyo this week that there is no time for sex in space among professional astronauts. Poindexter told reporters that astronauts in space focus on the mission at hand first, not each other. "We are a group of professionals," AFP quoted Poindexter as saying to a reporter who asked about the possibilities of sex in space during a Tokyo press event. He said that the key is respect for one's crewmates and for the...

2009-11-11 06:06:24

On Tuesday, former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak pleaded guilty to reduced charges and avoided jail time for her 2007 attack on a romantic rival. Nowak apologized in court to her victim, which was former Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, before being sentenced to a year on probation. "I am sincerely sorry to cause fear and misunderstanding and all of the intense public exposure ... I hope very much that we can move forward from this in privacy," Nowak said after the judge directed her to turn...

2009-07-12 12:35:00

A Florida attorney says that the couple who became famous because of ex-astronaut Lisa Nowak's confrontation and attempted kidnapping are getting married. Kepler Funk, a Melbourne attorney who represents Colleen Shipman, said Friday that she and former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein are planning to get married.  The Alaskan couple has not yet set a date. The couple announced their June 20 engagement in their hometown newspapers.  The wedding is planned for 2010 in Pennsylvania....

2009-03-03 18:14:01

A Chicago animal shelter says that talk show host Oprah Winfrey has adopted an 8-week-old blonde-colored cocker spaniel. (The dog) is really cute, Lisa Nowak, a representative for PAWS in Chicago, told Us Weekly. Oprah saw her and fell in love with her! She was very excited. The magazine said on its Web site that Winfrey and her boyfriend Stedman Graham Sunday adopted the puppy, whom shelter staff had named Amanda. Nowak said she didn't know if Winfrey has since given her a new name. Winfrey...

2008-12-09 08:10:00

The world-renowned trial of former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak has been approved to continue after an appeals court readmitted evidence from a police search of her car. In February of 2007, Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping, battery, and burglary after authorities say she armed herself with a knife, pepper spray and a steel mallet to assault Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman at Orlando International Airport in Florida. Police said Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando to confront Shipman,...

2007-11-09 00:55:00

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday appealed a judge's order to strike the arrest interview and vehicle search of former astronaut Lisa Nowak, accused of attacking a romantic rival. Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet agreed last week with the defense that police coerced Nowak and didn't appropriately advise her of her Miranda rights. Assistant State Attorney Pamela Davis' Thursday filing does not specify a cause for appeal. Nowak is charged with attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary...

2007-09-06 15:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An Air Force doctor who headed a controversial astronaut health study told Congress on Thursday that NASA is discouraging open communications by rebutting reports of drunken astronauts on launch day and deriding the claims as urban legends. The bigger issue, more than drinking, is NASA's apparent disregard of mental health and behavior issues among its astronauts, and the demoralizing reluctance among flight surgeons and astronauts to report improper conduct, said Col....

2007-08-29 11:55:00

WASHINGTON -- After finding no evidence of astronauts drinking before launching into space, NASA said Wednesday it is considering limited alcohol testing of its employees, including astronauts. An internal investigation recommended alcohol testing while at the same time clearing astronauts of much-publicized drinking allegations. In response, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said he would come up with a policy for testing after a mishap or when there are suspicions of substance abuse. It...

2007-07-28 14:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA, once again, the problem is its culture - a habit of dismissing the concerns of knowledgeable underlings. Four years ago, it involved higher-ups ignoring engineers who feared possible catastrophic damage to the shuttle Columbia. The engineers were right. This time, it's NASA doctors and even astronauts getting the brushoff when voicing worries that some astronauts have drunk too much alcohol before flying. "I think things have changed, but some things remain...

2007-06-08 18:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A patched-up Atlantis blasted off with seven astronauts Friday on the first space shuttle flight of 2007, putting NASA back on track after a run of bad luck and scandal that included a damaging hailstorm and a lurid love triangle. Its big orange fuel tank covered with white blotches where the foam insulation had been repaired, the spaceship rose from its seaside launch pad with a roar and climbed into a clear and still-brightly lit sky at 7:38 p.m. EDT, setting a...

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