Florida prosecutors charged NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak with attempted kidnapping for her altercation with a romantic rival. Despite speculation, she was not charged with attempted murder. The charges filed against Nowak today were attempted kidnapping with intent to inflict bodily harm, and burglary with an assault using a weapon and battery.
Lisa Nowak had driven 900 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront a woman she viewed as a rival for the affections of fellow astronaut William Oefelein. She had donned a wig and trench coat, then sprayed a chemical into her rival’s car, according to Orlando police. Officers found a BB-gun, a steel mallet, a knife, and rubber tubing in Nowak’s car, and recommend she be charged with attempted murder. The Orlando prosecutor declined bring the attempted murder charge.
Following Nowak’s arrest, NASA changed its program for evaluating the mental health of current and potential astronauts.