06 February, 2007

Not The Right Stuff or Houston, We Have A Problem or Space Oddity

There are so many bad titles to use for a post like this that I just couldn't make up my mind.

An astronaut has been charged with attempted murder.

Nowak, a Navy captain and married mother of three, stood in a jail uniform, looking down during most of the hearing. The 43-year-old robotics specialist faces charges including attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery.
Police said Nowak drove 900 miles, donned a disguise and was armed with a BB gun and pepper spray when she confronted a woman she believed was a competitor for the affections of Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, an unmarried fellow astronaut.

So can I just ask what the heck they're doing out there in the space program? What happened to long days whipping around in a centrifuge or lying in a mock capsule learning switch sequences? It appears our modern space program has turned into a nerd-version of Dallas. Love Triangles! Secret Disguises! The Sissiest Murder Weapons Ever!!!

Seriously, girl. BB gun and Pepper spray?


Oh my gosh. How did I miss this part?

Nowak raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers in the car so she wouldn't have to stop to go to the bathroom, authorities said. Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.

Can I just say that if you are willing to wet and crap yourself over a man who isn't your husband that you might want to get some kind of professional help?

I'm sorry, I realise that I'm not as fantastic a feminist as others out there, but I'm so ticked off by this on behalf of my gender. What does it say about our chances when someone brilliant enough to become an actual rocket scientist becomes so muddled by a man that she'll strap on a wig and diapers to mace the competition?


At 1:05 PM, February 06, 2007, Blogger unclewilly said...

"It is the stars, the stars above us, govern our conditions." from King Lear

At 1:53 PM, February 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One small step backwards for woman. One giant leap backwards for woman-kind...

At 2:11 PM, February 06, 2007, Blogger Slartibartfast said...

Just Damn

At 2:32 PM, February 06, 2007, Anonymous Sarcastro said...

And people wonder why we haven't been back to the moon.

At 2:32 PM, February 06, 2007, Blogger Kathy T. said...

Yeah, the whole diaper thing is what got me. My husband informed me that astronauts wear them in space so I guess that's how she got the idea. But geez. I think she drank the koolaid.

At 2:35 PM, February 06, 2007, Blogger Aunt B said...

Why isn't there a reality show about astronauts?

Sure, this stinks for NASA, but it's better than 3/4 of what's normally on tv on a Monday night.

At 3:45 PM, February 06, 2007, Blogger Malia said...

That is just so unbelievably pathetic!

At 4:23 PM, February 06, 2007, Blogger Newscoma said...

I just saw the diapers thing on CNN.

At 10:56 PM, February 06, 2007, Anonymous john h said...

maybe tang will come back and make diapers..


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