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Ex-Astronaut Lisa Nowak Forced Out of Navy

Discussion in 'Military News' started by kwflatbed, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Astronaut Lisa M. Nowak, STS-121 mission specialist, floats on the middeck of the space shuttle Discovery while docked with the international space station, July 8, 2006. Nowak, 43, a married mother of three, was charged Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 with attempted murder, accused of hatching an extraordinary plot to kidnap Colleen Shipman, who she believed was romantically involved with another shuttle astronaut, William Oefelein. (AP Photo/NASA)

    ORLANDO, Florida — A former astronaut banished from NASA after she confronted a romantic rival in a bizarre episode is being expelled from the Navy, officials said Thursday.
    Capt. Lisa Nowak will retire with an "other than honorable" discharge and her pay grade will be knocked down one rank, Assistant Secretary of Navy Juan Garcia said in a statement.
    Nowak's conduct "fell well short" of what is expected of Navy officers and she "demonstrated a complete disregard for the well-being of a fellow service member," Garcia said.
    Nowak was accused of confronting Colleen Shipman in the parking lot of the Orlando International Airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston.

    Read more: Ex-Astronaut Lisa Nowak Forced Out of Navy - FoxNews.com
  2. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    So long Captain...er..Commander, get your ass to the VA, they'll straighten you right out!
  3. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    I'm surprised it took this long....back in the days of Mercury/Gemini/Apollo, they banished astronauts for a lot less. The crew of Apollo 7 (Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham) were black-balled by NASA because they caught colds during the mission, and were cranky with the CAPCOMs during the mission. None of them ever flew in space again.
  4. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    Commander Dave Scott, LMP James Irwin, and and CMP Al Worden of Apollo 15 were all disciplined for sneaking unauthorized commemorative stamp covers for sale to a collector on their moon mission. Commander Dave Scott was actually kicked off the Apollo-Soyuz mission for his part in the scandal. None of them ever flew in space again. Colonel Gordo Cooper, a Mercury and Gemini veteran and backup commander for Apollo 10 was denied a spot on Apollo 14 because he said some unflattering things about NASA management. He also never flew in space again.

    Astronauts are an elite group and should know that their off-duty behavior has always been subject to intense scrutiny. This is also a correct call by the Navy, as officers know, their behavior should be above reproach.
  5. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    David Scott was my favorite astronaut when I was a kid, because I thought the Moon Rover was the coolest thing ever.

    I read somewhere that the head of the Astronaut Office (Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury 7) was very bitter about being medically grounded, and was a vindictive bastard if you crossed him or NASA. He eventually got medically cleared and flew on Apollo/Soyuz.

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