Colleen Shipman (above), the Air Force captain who was attacked by a former astronaut in a bizarre love triangle 10 years ago, says that she remains traumatized by the incident On February 5, … Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images, Erin(Zazie Beetz) and Natalie Portman (Lucy) play astronauts competing for a spot on an upcoming space mission in Lucy in the Sky, 3 Presidents Who Skipped Successors' Inauguration, Inauguration Musical Performances Are Tricky. The couple involved in a love triangle with former astronaut Lisa Nowak has announced their engagement. “In 2007, former astronaut Lisa Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando to confront U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, the woman who broke up the ongoing affair between Nowak and another NASA astronaut, William Oefelein. Most Popular ★ Boost . Colleen Shipman, 30, in the airport parking lot. Nowak pleaded guilty to felony burglary and misdemeanor battery in 2009, and her plea deal meant she was sentenced to two days in jail (which was waved due to time already served), a year of probation, and 50 hours of community service. Here’s a breakdown of the story that loosely inspired Lucy in the Sky. Lucy does not seem threatened by Erin until an awkward encounter reveals she and Mark are a romantic item. It was also reported that she doesn't do interviews and was trying to put her past behind her. Colleen Shipman stalked in parking garage and nearly attacked. "She committed a crime, she was convicted, she finished her sentence. Air Force Capt. William Oefelein of NASA, left, and Lisa Nowak of NASA pose during winter training in Valcartier, Quebec, Canada, Jan. 21, 2004. I’m not sure there’s anything really for me to forgive.". Lucy’s competitive nature ultimately brings about her downfall. Then, in 2011, the U.S. Navy gave Nowak an "other than honorable" discharge and she was demoted from a captain to a commander, as reported by NBC News. All Rights Reserved. When Astronaut Bill Oefelein (left) dumped fellow astronaut Lisa Nowak (center) for Colleen Shipman (right), Nowak didn’t exactly take it well. They became friends about two years later while training together at NASA. With that, Lisa Nowak, Colleen Shipman, and to a lesser degree, Bill Oefelein, became household names. Some people in her position might have written a tell-all or done a true crime special. CLICK HERE to see photos of Shipman, Nowak and Oefelein. Virginia, United States. Air Force Capt. “Three of those people were in my class, that I knew very well. But Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks Did Exactly What We Needed Them to Do, What to Know About Other Impeached Presidents. Lucy in the Sky gives its protagonist a less sinister motive than what police records allege happened in real life. Little did she know that the 2006 encounter would do more than just begin an other-worldly relationship. Then It Gets Bogged Down With Cynicism, Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Approval the Most Globally Important, Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more, © 2021 TIME USA, LLC. By signing up you are agreeing to our, Promising Young Woman Starts with a Cathartic Blast. When she is rejected romantically and at work, she refuses to take “no” for an answer and takes extreme measures to set things “right.” As Portman plays the character, she is completely unaware of her erratic behavior and the way she is perceived by others. 2021 Bustle Digital Group. Additionally, Shipman is a novelist. Donning a dark wig, sunglasses and trench coat, Nowak approached Shipman in the parking lot of Orlando International Airport, following her on a bus and then onto a parking lot where she cornered her into her car, banging on her window claiming she needed help. Birthday . Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm are star-crossed lovers in Lucy in the Sky, Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak speaks at a post mission press conference July 17, 2006 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “It should be noted that the movie is being advertised as ‘loosely based on the story of…’ Although that is the line they are using, the key word is ‘loosely.’ Lisa Nowak is not the ‘Lucy” in the movie,” Lykkebak says. Content. Despite all of her previous accomplishments, she may forever be known for a single night in February 2007, when Nowak took a 900-mile journey to confront her ex-lover’s new girlfriend. Nowak saw Shipman as a rival for the affection of astronaut and Navy Cmdr. So she asked NASA shuttle pilot … Nowak is accused of attacking Shipman, the purported romantic rival for another astronaut's affections. “In 2007, former astronaut Lisa Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando to confront U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, the woman who broke up the ongoing affair between Nowak and another NASA astronaut, William Oefelein. That story is the inspiration for Lucy in the Sky, a new film starring Natalie Portman which hits theaters Oct. 4 following its September premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Shipman was 29 when she met astronaut Bill Oefelein at an Orlando, Fla., house party. During the trial, Shipman asked the judge to sentence Nowak to jail time, claiming Nowak had every intention of harming her. Nowak described it to police as “more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship.” Nowak was married to her husband Richard Nowak for 19 years. Lucy follows Mark into the parking lot and is spotted by Erin, but instead of turning her anger towards Erin, she pepper-sprays Mark. Lucy becomes obsessed with returning to space and becomes entangled in an affair with a handsome co-worker played by Jon Hamm. Colleen Shipman was a 2002 graduate of Penn State University who has worked at Cape Canaveral since 2005. Shipman said to People in 2016. Yet lost to some in the bizarre tale was the victim, Colleen Shipman. Colleen Shipman was attacked wit... A woman who was attacked by a NASA astronaut in a bizarre love triangle 10 years ago revealed she's still traumatized today. According to friends and family, Nowak was a dedicated mother and wife, who would have neighbors over for Easter brunches, and whose hobbies included bicycling, growing African violets and collecting rubber stamps. Lucy’s ill-fated trip is fueled by her jealousy of Mark and Erin’s relationship, but her intention differs from that of Nowak, who confessed she meant to confront her ex-lover’s new girlfriend. Anyone with any knowledge of Nowak’s cross-country trip will be surprised to find that the film does not make mention of the infamous diaper detail. So that’s hard. Lucy has been married to her husband Drew (Dan Stevens) for six years. Because Nowak is a naval officer on assignment to NASA, rather than a NASA civil servant, she is not subject to administrative action by NASA.". Fueled by jealousy and rage, Lucy is driven to madness when her NASA colleagues deny her an opportunity to participate in an upcoming mission. Oefelein broke things off in late 2006 after he started to get close to Air Force Captain In the film, Lucy heads to the airport (in San Diego instead of Orlando) to confront Mark, not Erin. But I guess I still have a diaper movie in my future to fulfill everyone’s expectations.”. Former astronaut Lisa Nowak was face-to-face with Colleen Shipman in court on Friday. The pair had three children; at the time of her arrest, her son was a teenager and her twin daughters were 5 years old. The magazine reported that Nowak was living in "a modest home in Texas" and working in the private sector. It was in her eyes: a blood-chilling expression of limitless rage and glee,” Shipman said in court. "A lot of people ask, 'Did you forgive Lisa Nowak for what she did?'' She was also charged with attempted murder, but that charge was dropped by prosecutors not long after her arrest, according to the Houston Chronicle. “It was an interesting detail because it was something that seemed so radical to all of us listening to it,” she told the Los Angeles Times. According to police, after going through Oefelein’s computer and finding romantic emails with Shipman, Nowak discovered Shipman’s travel plans. Ten years later, in 2006, she flew to the International Space Station on what would be her only mission. The two slowly grow closer until Lucy is completely captivated by her co-worker. “I know this has also been very hard for Colleen Shipman and I would like her to know how very sorry I am for having frightened her in any way and about the subsequent public harassment that has followed all of us,” Nowak told reporters. Capt Nowak denies attempting to kidnap Capt Colleen Shipman The US astronaut who became involved in a love triangle that led to her being charged with attempted kidnapping has been fired by … Please try again later. Home Astronaut William Oefelein . Portman, the film’s star, addressed the lack of diapers in the film in an interview, saying that the film is not specifically based on Nowak’s life, just inspired by it. “She was going to kill me. She asked Shipman … Nowak, 43, wore a wig and a trench coat as she stopped U.S. Air Force Capt. The film is loosely inspired by the life of NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, who was widely reported to have worn a diaper on a 14-hour cross country drive to confront the new flame of her former lover, becoming the first astronaut ever to be arrested. All rights reserved. On February 5, 2007, Nowak was arrested in Orlando, Florida, after she accosted and pepper sprayed U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, who was also romantically involved with astronaut William Oefelein. Lisa Nowak’s attorney, Donald Lykkebak, tells TIME in a statement that Nowak has had no desire to comment on the film that he describes as “an entirely fictional story and not based on reality.”. “But actually it’s part of an astronaut’s life. While Lucy is head-over-heels in love, Mark is shown to be more casual about their relationship. In the meantime, they help raise Lucy’s brother’s teen daughter, Blue Iris (Pearl Amanda Dickson). William Anthony "Bill" Oefelein is an American test pilot instructor and former NASA astronaut who, on his only spaceflight, piloted the STS-116 Space Shuttle mission. Nowak was initially charged with attempted murder and kidnapping, but charges were eventually reduced to burglary and misdemeanors. William A. Oefelein, 41. In this July 17, 2006 file photo, astronaut Lisa Nowak answers questions during a press conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Astronaut #166662. Oefelein told police the relationship began in 2004, before Nowak separated from her husband of 19 years, and ended before he began dating Colleen Shipman, a … With Natalie Portman playing a character inspired by the former astronaut, the once ubiquitous news item is back in the spotlight. Nowak met Navy Cmdr. In 2007 the world was captivated by the sensational details surrounding an “astronaut love triangle”— turning the story into a media spectacle. Shipman later said that she believed Nowak wanted to kill her. It seems a lot nuttier if that’s not something you do every day. Most importantly, she wrote down the hour that this woman, Colleen Shipman, would arrive back in Orlando on a United Airlines jet late Sunday night, February 4. Nowak's detail with NASA was terminated a month after her arrest. (And she might have done this all while wearing adult diapers, but that particular, headline-grabbing topic was disputed by Nowak's lawyer.). Unlike Nowak, Lucy is also accompanied on her trip by her niece, who at one point hides a loaded gun from Lucy out of fear she might use it. Oefelein, who described his relationship with Nowak as “somewhat exclusive,” told police he ended things with Nowak as his relationship with Shipman intensified. William Oefelein in 1996, and they trained alongside one another in the NASA space shuttle program. Oefelein was married for 15 years to Michaella Davis, whom he had known since high school. Nowak was arrested and charged with two felonies — attempted kidnapping and burglary — and misdemeanor battery. Former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak apologized on Friday to Air Force Capt. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and in 1985 she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. You can unsubscribe at any time. They wear diapers the whole time because that’s what you do in space. She now lives in Texas and works in the private sector. “It’s devastating for everybody, and when it’s friends, people that you know, it’s even harder,” Nowak told NASA in a pre-mission interview in 2006. Portrayed as a lifelong overachiever at the behest of her domineering grandmother (Ellen Burstyn), Cola’s competitive drive is what sets her apart from her peers. The latest update on Nowak came via a People article from 2017. Article continues after advertisement At home that Saturday morning, Nowak packed her black duffel bag. Nowak had an affair with a fellow astronaut (but not one who was on her mission), Bill Oefelein, and in February 2007, she was arrested after confronting his new girlfriend, Colleen Shipman, at the Orlando International Airport. Former astronaut Bill Oefelein and aviator Colleen Shipman are planning a … Friends and family said Nowak was deeply affected by the 2003 Columbia shuttle explosion, in which one of her best friends, Laurel Clark, died. air force, astronaut, colleen shipman, lisa nowak, NASA, navy, william oeflein Ep19 – INFAMOUS: The Astronaut Love Triangle – Lisa Nowak’s Diaper Assault This is the case of the astronaut love triangle, but it is better known for the infamous diaper assault. "I … They divorced in 2005 and their two children, Kristen and Bud, live with Davis. Oefelein told police the relationship began in 2004, before Nowak separated from her husband of 19 years, and ended before he began dating Colleen Shipman, a 30-year-old U.S. Air Force captain and engineer based at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in November 2006. Colleen Shipman, 30, said she had been stalked by someone for two months. A statement on NASA's site reads, "NASA requested an end to the detail because the agency lacks the administrative means to deal appropriately with the criminal charges pending against Nowak. When Lucy tracks down Mark, she sees he is joined by Erin. Unlike Nowak, who never met Shipman until their confrontation, Lucy competes with her rival Erin (Zazie Beetz) for a qualifying position on an upcoming space mission. In 2007, a shocking story hit the news and late night talk show monologues alike, and, eventually, that story formed the basis of a new movie. Lucy in the Sky, the big-screen directorial debut of Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley, follows the downfall of the fictional astronaut Lucy Cola, who upon returning to earth from a space mission feels discontented with the smallness of her normal life. Write to Gina Martinez at gina.martinez@time.com. At the beginning, Odd Culture correspondent J. Napsterista tracked down a little seen photograph of Colleen Shipman, seen below. Nov. 11, 2009— -- The woman who was assaulted by former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak Tuesday described the surreal assault, telling a Florida judge that she thought she was going to die. Lucy’s life begins to unravel following several setbacks—including being rejected by a distant Mark—and things come to a head when she is told she is no longer being considered for a space mission and learns that Mark contributed to her rejection. Most notably, according to a police report, Nowak told one detective she brought baby diapers on the drive to avoid pit stops, a claim that grew more florid in the retelling. Not much is known about the exact nature of the real relationship between Nowak and William Oefelein. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our. Three years after the explosion, Nowak went on her first mission—STS 121—in July 2006, aboard the space shuttle Discovery as a mission flight engineer, spending nearly two weeks in space. Ten years later, in 2006, she flew to the International Space Station on what would be her only mission. Upon returning from a space mission, she becomes obsessed with returning and begins training immediately. In Lucy in the Sky, Lucy and Mark’s relationship begins almost immediately after Lucy returns from space. It’s not like it would be an unusual choice. Nowak was a U.S. Navy Captain who began her detail with NASA in 1996. Lucy does not seem to hold animosity towards Erin and never attempts to hurt her. In 2016, her lawyer told the publication, "She’s doing well." Despite the already bizarre nature of the case, the detail that attracted the most headlines was the police report that Nowak carried, and used, baby diapers on her journey to save time by avoiding pitstops. “There was no goal, no sense of calling, no project worth pouring myself into,” Aldrin wrote in his autobiography Magnificent Desolation. Matt Stroshane/Getty Images News/Getty Images, confronting his new girlfriend, Colleen Shipman, Nowak an "other than honorable" discharge, Nowak was living in "a modest home in Texas". While training for a spot in the next space mission, Lucy is charmed by Mark, who has a reputation for philandering. Please attempt to sign up again. Wearing a trench coat and wig, Nowak, 43, allegedly fired pepper spray at Shipman… But I remember on that day, sitting there with my son, and we’re both watching together everything’s that’s happening, and he reached over and took my hand and said, ‘Mom, I still want you to go.’ So, it’s a terrible tragedy to happen, but we know that there is a cause behind it and that we’re going to continue to follow that.”. The pair had put off having children due to Lucy’s focus on advancing in her career, but they agree to try to have a child when she returns from her next mission. It was then that she decided to make the journey to Orlando to confront her. Like Nowak, they were both previously in the military, but as of 2017, ran a website called Adventurewrite.com that hosted a writing competition for kids. In Lucy in the Sky, Lucy Cola follows a similar trajectory. But she is distracted by a budding romance with Mark Goodwin (Hamm)—a love affair that leads her into a downward spiral. But Nowak went far in the other direction. In the early hours of Feb. 5, 2007, Nowak arrived in Orlando after making a 14-hour, 900-mile journey from Houston, armed with a steel mallet, BB gun, a 4-inch knife and large trash bags, according to the New York Times. William Oefelein. Colleen Shipman testifies at the hearing for former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak, Friday, August 24, 2007, at the Orange County courthouse in Orlando, Florida. As for Oefelein and Shipman, they got married in 2010, moved to Alaska, and had a child. Nowak pleaded guilty in 2009 and was sentenced to a year of probation. She approached Shipman at her car and sprayed pepper spray through the window, but Shipman was able to flee. The prosecutor said a murder was narrowly avoided. Soon many media reports, not to mention late-night talk show monologues, were saying that she had been wearing a “Maximum Absorbent Garment”—an adult diaper that astronauts commonly use upon launch and re-entry—a story that was denied by Nowak’s attorney Donald Lykkebak, who called it “an absolute fabrication.”. Today, Nowak is 56. Nowak pled guilty on November 10, 2009 t… Colleen Shipman wanted to make sure that her new boyfriend's former flame was not upset with their budding relationship. When things begin to fall apart professionally and personally for Lucy, she falls into an epic spiral that lands her in police custody. * The request timed out and you did not successfully sign up. An unexpected error has occurred with your sign up. Following her sentencing, Nowak had still be working at the Chief of Naval Air Training station in Corpus Christi, Texas, while a decision was made about her by the Navy. Many people on Twitter, after initial reviews came out of Toronto, lamented the absence of this feature of the story. The climax of Lucy in the Sky also involves the protagonist heading on an ill-fated interstate drive but with key differences from Nowak’s—mainly the exclusion of the headline-grabbing diapers. Following Nowak’s arrest, she was ordered to stop all contact with Oefelein. Oefelein met fellow astronaut Lisa Nowak in 1996. Shipman drove away from the scene and alerted police, who found Nowak throwing her wig and BB–gun into a garbage can. On February 5, 2007, Nowak was arrested at the Orlando International Airportfollowing an alleged assault on U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, Oefelein's girlfriend. When Shipman cracked opened the window, Nowak pepper-sprayed Shipman, according to police. The other woman, Air Force Capt. Show Quick Facts [ ... 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