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Jun 20, 2007 at 05:36am IST

Astronaut gets spaced out in court

Orlando (Florida): Astronaut Lisa Nowak was in court for the second time on Wednesday. This time she is charged with attempted murder of a romantic rival, Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman.

Shipman has been involved with the astronaut Shuttle pilot Bill Offeline who just flew on Discovery in December.

Police say Nowak told them she too was having a relationship with Offeline, and that she wanted to confront Shipman, who works with the space shuttle program.

Knowing shipman was flying to Orlando, Nowak took off from Houston driving nine hundred miles, and wearing diapers so she wouldn't have to stop.

She went to the airport and waited for Shipman to arrive on a united flight. But Shipman had to wait a couple hours for her lost luggage. At 3 am, she finally made her way to catch the bus to the blue satellite parking lot. Nowak was waiting on a bench near the taxi stand.

As Shipman walked to her car she turned and noticed Nowak walking behind her. She told police she was afraid. And went quickly to her car because she heard footsteps coming fast behind her.

Police say they found Nowak in the parking lot trying to get rid of a disguise, and she had a bag containing a brand new steel mallet, a folding knife with a four-inch blade and Four feet of rubber tubing.

Nowak told police she had no intention of hurting shipman. She just wanted to talk. Nowak's attorney denied she was going to kidnap or harm Shipman.

Late in the afternoon on Tuesday, Nowak wearing a black hood left the jail. She was accompanied by NASA's chief astronaut Steve Lindsey and headed back to Houston, without saying anything about the charges.

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