Astronaut Fired From NASA

Wednesday, March 7th 2007, 1:43 pm
By: News On 6

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ An astronaut charged with trying to kidnap a woman she allegedly believed was a romantic rival was fired by NASA on Wednesday, a month after she was arrested in Florida.

NASA officials said Lisa Nowak's dismissal did not reflect on the space agency's belief in her guilt or innocence. The agency said it lacked an administrative system to handle the allegations.

``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,'' agency officials said in a statement.