Aldrin says Nowak Should be Admired for Cross-Country Drive

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NEW YORK — Buzz Aldrin said a former astronaut charged with attempted kidnapping should be "admired" for allegedly avoiding stops when she traveled cross-country to confront a romantic rival, according to a published report.

Lisa Nowak was arrested in February after police said the married mother of three had driven nearly 1,000 miles from Houston to Orlando, using diapers to avoid taking breaks.

"I think Nowak should be admired for traveling across the country at night and not getting out of her car to put in gas or go to the restroom," Aldrin said in an interview published on Time magazine's Web site. "It is not excusable, but it is understandable for an achiever to fall into a trap."

Aldrin, the second man to step on the moon, has said he became depressed and had problems with alcohol after returning to Earth. He has spoken of the difficulties of astronauts readjusting to life outside the space program.

"Astronauts are not superhuman," he told the magazine.

Nowak, 44, pleaded not guilty to attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary with assault. She is pursuing a temporary insanity defense, according to court documents. Her attorney has called the allegation she wore diapers "the biggest lie in this preposterous tale."