On February 5, 2007, Nowak went to the Orlando International Airport, waited for about an hour in the baggage claim, and then proceeded to the airport parking lot, where she located and confronted Shipman, who had just arrived from Houston by plane.
When she got into her car, she heard running footsteps and quickly locked the door.
Nowak followed the Space Shuttle program, particularly the introduction of female astronauts, while she was growing up. Woodward High School in Rockville, Maryland, in 1981, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. Nowak received her commission in the United States Navy in 1985.
Nowak earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, and a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1992 from the U. In 1987, she became a Naval Flight Officer via the Tactical Navigation syllabus at Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) at NAS Pensacola, Florida.
Nowak remained on active duty with the Navy and was subsequently ordered to work on the staff of the chief of Naval Air Training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas.
There, she was involved in the development of flight training curricula for broad use throughout the Navy.
Nowak's assignment to NASA as a serving Navy officer was terminated by the space agency on March 7, 2007.Shipman drove off to the parking lot booth where police were summoned.Several Orlando Police Department Airport Division officers arrived minutes later, with the first officer observing Nowak throwing a bag into the trash at a parking shuttle bus stop.She packed latex gloves, a black wig, a BB pistol and ammunition, pepper spray, a hooded tan trench coat, a 2-pound (900 g) drilling hammer, black gloves, rubber tubing, plastic garbage bags, approximately 5 (USD) in cash, her computer, an 8-inch (20 cm) Gerber folding knife and several other items before driving the 900 miles (1,400 km) to Florida.Early police reports indicated she wore space diapers during the trip, but she later denied wearing them.Immediately following William Oefelein's divorce, he and Lisa Nowak became involved with each other.