Out of This World
As the world now knows, Lisa Nowak – a highly regarded astronaut who flew aboard the shuttle Discovery last summer – wasn't meeting her boyfriend but rather the woman she believed was stealing the man she loved. What happened next – a frantic and violent confrontation in the airport parking lot, the result of a bizarre love triangle – has left NASA officials, and anyone who knows Nowak, absolutely stunned.
Nowak, 43, a married mother of three, was in love with Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, 41, who trained alongside her in NASA's space shuttle program and piloted the Discovery in a mission last December. At the same time, Oefelein, the divorced father of two children, was apparently romantically involved with Colleen Shipman, 30, a U.S. Air Force captain and engineer assigned to a base near Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.