Creative Destruction

February 7, 2007

Hell hath no fury like an… Astronaut?

Filed under: Current Events — Daran @ 3:16 pm

Trenchcoated astronaut on battery, kidnapping rap

Nowak is reported to have driven 1,000 miles from Houston, Texas, to Florida’s Orlando International Airport. According to the BBC, she wore a nappy to avoid having to make toilet stops.

Note for US readers: A ‘nappy’ is a diaper. This is not as strange as it sounds. This is a routine solution for astronauts to this particular problem, and so would have been obvious to her, even though it would probably never have occured to most of us.

Police said when she was arrested, a search of Nowak’s car turned up pepper spray, a steel mallet, and a BB gun, as well as black gloves, a folding knife with a 4-inch blade, rubber tubing and rubbish sacks.

Is that not “equipped to torture”?

This is a bizarre story, and it is tempting to take a lighthearted view of it. But the level of the threat, as well the assault actually committed, allegedly, are very serious. Also called into question must be NASA’s astronaut selection process, which presumably is supposed to weed out those likely to buckle under stress.

I mean, would you like to be alone in a space capsule with this women?

2 Comments »

  1. This is a bizarre story, and it is tempting to take a lighthearted view of it. But the level of the threat, as well the assault actually committed, allegedly, are very serious. Also called into question must be NASA’s astronaut selection process, which presumably is supposed to weed out those likely to buckle under stress.

    Perhaps she did not buckle at the time the tests were given. Many people possess characteristics that may suggest a potential instability, but it is not a guarantee that the person cannot handle stress. It is also possible that this was an isolated event, something occurring as a result of a certain set of circumstances.

    Comment by toysoldier — February 7, 2007 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

  2. Don’t worry, shuttles carry large crews so you wouldn’t be alone with her. Apparently NASA has decided to change their screening process because of this incident. But given that they usually hire from the military, I’m not sure there’s much they can do. Military personnel are taught to be violent.

    Comment by Dianne — February 7, 2007 @ 9:38 pm | Reply


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