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NASA Fires Astronaut 323

davidwr writes "In an unprecedented move for an unprecedented situation, NASA has fired now-former astronaut Lisa Nowack. She is facing charges of attempted kidnapping related to an incident earlier this year. Ms. Nowack is a Navy officer and remains so."
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NASA Fires Astronaut

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  • Why is this odd? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by LordPhantom ( 763327 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2007 @07:57PM (#18269552)
    It's not like this is strange. She's under investigation for a felony... I'm pretty sure that disqualifies her from flying on the space shuttle. If not that, the fact that she's a certifiable whackjob.

    As for her remaining a Navy officer, I suspect she'll get a second (please forgive the pun here) dishonorable discharge after the dust settles.
  • Who's "Nowack"? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by PhxBlue ( 562201 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2007 @08:00PM (#18269590) Homepage Journal

    ... NASA has fired now-former astronaut Lisa Nowack ...

    No, they fired Lisa Nowak. I know this is Slashdot, and I'm not new here ... but Christ, is it that hard to do a little basic spell-checking?

  • Re:Has anyone tried (Score:3, Interesting)

    by deltacephei ( 842219 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2007 @09:05PM (#18270348)
    Not disagreeing with you, but a definite issue is the large size of the astronaut core overall. Why have so many people, at very high cost, been accepted and trained only to then wait for years for their number to come up and the chance to participate in a mission? It's not unreasonable to think that a smaller group would be easier to monitor for social problems, and correspondingly decrease the probability of something like this happening. If NASA has invested thousands (millions?) per person in training, then they should be paying better attention to these people - they are in effect quite a precious asset. I'd say NASA has a lot of egg on their face here, even if they won't step up to the plate and admit it.
  • by Profane MuthaFucka ( 574406 ) <> on Wednesday March 07, 2007 @09:10PM (#18270420) Homepage Journal
    Do you know that she in fact stopped at a gas station? If it were me I'd take my gas in cans in the trunk. I've got my gas with me, I've got my diapers. I haven't seen anywhere that she stopped at a gas station, or that she didn't just carry extra gas with her in the trunk.

    Maybe she was a backwoods hiker and thought of the trick of pre-placed cans of gas along the highway where she could grab them later. Good lord, it's not hard to be a criminal genius.
  • by finlandia1869 ( 1001985 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2007 @10:41PM (#18271390)
    One of the officers I work with has coined a new phrase: "I've got astronaut love for you, man!" I can't being to express how wrong that is. Just wrong.
  • Re:Has anyone tried (Score:3, Interesting)

    by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2007 @11:58PM (#18272072) Journal
    Well, astronauts do actually routinely use diapers. Mind you, that's during spacewalks, not travelling down the interstate.

Air is water with holes in it.