Dating to diapers
The state's attorney argued that the facts indicated a well thought out plan to kidnap and perhaps to injure Shipman.While arguing for pre-trial release Nowak's attorney remarked, "One's good works must count for something".Captain Christopher Ferguson, the senior active duty Naval Officer in the NASA Astronaut Corps at the time, went as Nowak's commanding officer, and retired Air Force Colonel Steven Lindsey, who was the commander of Nowak's shuttle mission, STS-121, went as Chief of the Astronaut Office, the senior astronaut at NASA.On February 6, 2007, both appeared before a judge on her behalf.
Shipman rolled down the window a couple of inches after which Nowak sprayed the pepper spray into the car.
Shipman drove off to the parking lot booth where police were summoned.
Several Orlando Police Department Airport Division officers arrived minutes later, with the first officer observing Nowak throwing a bag into the trash at a parking shuttle bus stop.
Nowak was then assigned to Electronic Warfare Aggressor Squadron 34 (VAQ-34) at NAS Point Mugu, California, where she flew both the EA-7L and ERA-3B aircraft, supporting the U. Pacific Fleet in small and large-scale exercises with jamming and missile profiles.
After graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School, Nowak stayed at Patuxent River working as an aircraft systems project officer at the Air Combat Environment Test and Evaluation Facility and at Strike Aircraft Test Squadron, flying in the F/A-18 and EA-6B. Navy admirals recommended that she be discharged from the Navy and her rank reduced from Captain to Commander.
Her assignment to the space agency as an astronaut was terminated by NASA effective March 8, 2007.