Less than honorable end to Lisa Nowak’s career

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Navy should discharge former astronaut Lisa Nowak, who lost her NASA job over a bizarre airport attack on a romantic rival, according to a Navy panel that reviewed her case.

The panel of three admirals made the recommendation Thursday after a daylong hearing at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville.

The recommendation now goes to the Naval Personnel Command. A final decision will be made by the Secretary of the Navy. In the meantime, Nowak will continue working on the staff of the chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi, Tex.

She flew on the space shuttle in 2006, but was dismissed from the astronaut corps after her arrest in 2007. There was no listed number for Nowak in Corpus Christi and Nowak’s commanding officer in Texas didn’t immediately return a call Friday.

The panel recommended downgrading Nowak from captain to commander and giving her a discharge of “other than honorable.”

Source: The Associated Press: Navy panel votes to discharge ex-astronaut Nowak.

Summer Sizzle 2010

It’s August in Texas and that means it’s time for Summer Sizzle – the bi-annual event Fort Worth Virtual ARTCC hosts live in Dallas.

Unlike other events, once we commit we have to be there because hundreds of people around the world are expecting us to show up and provide good air traffic control.

See my photo set on Flickr for ZFW Summer Sizzle 2010. This year we had 8 guys show up, and my computer didn’t want to start up so I didn’t control – so 7 active controllers.

Going Mobile

This week seems especially charged with websites “going mobile” or at least being mobile compatible.  Following in their footsteps (and pushed along by a colleague) I’ve added the Carrington mobile theme to all my WordPress sites.


I found this article by Bruce Lawson (@brucel) on the Opera Developers site titled Mobile-friendly: The mobile web optimization guide.