Former Astronaut May Plead Insanity

The lawyers for former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, currently on trial for attempted kidnapping and intent to inflict bodily harm, may claim temporary insanity.

The married mother of three allegedly drove 900 miles from Houston to Orlando to attack a woman she believed was dating an astronaut with whom Nowak had also been romantically involved.

Nowak, who was part of the second shuttle mission to the ISS following the Columbia disaster, and recently apologized publicly for her actions, apparently suffered from depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia and other illnesses before setting out on her trip. NASA already dismissed both Nowak and the other astronaut, Navy Commander William Oefelein.—Gregory Mone