Scrubbed: Nowak Fired from NASA

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER -- NASA has fired an astronaut who has been charged with trying to kidnap a woman she allegedly believed was a romantic rival.

NASA officials say Lisa Nowak's dismissal does not reflect the space agency's belief in her guilt or innocence. The agency says it lacks an administrative system to handle the allegations. Nowak, who's a Navy captain, will now report back to the Navy, and not to NASA.

Nowak was arrested a month ago in Florida after a 900-mile road-trip to confront the other woman who was in a romantic relationship with a shuttle pilot. The pilot had also had a relationship with Nowak.

Police say Nowak drove from Houston to the Orlando airport and pepper-sprayed the other woman through a partially lowered window. A B-B gun, a new steel mallet, a knife and rubber tubing were all found in Nowak's car.

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