Astronaut Love Triangle Couple to Wed

Relationship survives bizarre confrontation by Lisa Nowak

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2009 12:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – A bizarre confrontation with a crazed astronaut wasn't enough to end Colleen Shipman's relationship with former astronaut William Oefelein: The Beaver County Times reports the couple will wed next summer. Their relationship became national news 2 years ago when Oefelein's ex, fellow astronaut Lisa Nowak, drove 900 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront Shipman, spraying her with pepper spray, according to the police report.

Authorities found a BB gun, steel mallet, knife, and rubber gloves in her car. Initial reports had Nowak wearing diapers on the trip, but she disputes that detail. She was charged with kidnapping and burglary with assault, and fired from NASA; her trial is set for December.

Space Shuttle Discovery Mission Specialist Lisa Nowak waves prior to boarding the astrovan en route to the orbiter at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in this July 2, 2006, file photo.   (AP Photo/Terry Renna, FILE)
Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman looks on in the courtroom during a hearing for former astronaut Lisa Nowak at the Orange County courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.   (AP Photo/Red Huber, POOL)
Shuttle Astronaut Navy Cmdr. Bill Oefelein,is shown in New Orleans in this Jan. 31, 2007, file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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