By: E&P Staff
?We can sit in one place and never go anywhere or do anything, but that?s not what people are about. We have a drive to go and do things?You can?t go explore and do things without taking some risk.?
That’s astronaut Lisa Nowak, 43, as she was about to strapped into he seat on the shuttle Discovery last month, as reported on the Orlando Sentinel blog belonging to its aerospace editor, Michael Cabbage. Nowak, of course, has now been arrested for assaulting and possibly planning to kill a woman who was a rival for the affections of one of their colleagues.
The Sentinel broke the story on Monday night.
Here is the entire blog entry from last July 1.
“Astronaut Lisa Nowak, 43, is getting ready to be strapped into her seat on Discovery. The U.S. Navy commander is married with three children. This will be her first voyage into space. An aerospace engineer and former test pilot, Nowak got her bachelor?s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy (1985).
“After earning her wings, she flew EA-7L and ERA-3B aircraft. In 1993, she was selected for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. At last count, she had amassed more than 1,500 flight hours in 30 different aircraft. She was chosen for the astronaut corps in 1996. Her hobbies include gourmet cooking, baking cookies, crossword puzzles, piano and growing African violets. One of her key jobs on the mission is operating the station and shuttle robotic arms to help the spacewalkers.
“She is mindful that her family will be concerned about her safety during the flight, especially on launch and landing. But Nowak says they understand her desire to leave Earth ? which is just part of being human.
?We can sit in one place and never go anywhere or do anything, but that?s not what people are about,? she said. ?We have a drive to go and do things?You can?t go explore and do things without taking some risk.?
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