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.
Her rival for another astronaut, Colleen Shipman, also testifies as Nowak tries to get ankle monitor removed.
Sarah Lundy and Walter Pacheco, Sentinel Staff Writers
2:11 PM PDT, August 24, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. – A day that started with the dramatic first appearance of former astronaut Lisa Nowak on the witness stand ended six hours later with a judge deciding this afternoon that more time was needed to consider pretrial motions in the case.
When last we left Ms. Nowak, she had been arrested for assaulting an alleged girlfriend of her former lover.
Source: Former astronaut Lisa Nowak takes the stand – Los Angeles Times
But the real dirt in this story:
Inside the car, police found an a half-dozen latex gloves, MapQuest directions from Houston to Orlando International Airport, e-mails from Shipman to Oefelein, diapers that Nowak said she used to eliminate stops along the highway, a letter indicating how much she loved Oefelein and directions to Shipman’s home address in Florida, the report said.