When Shipman rolled down her window, Nowak sprayed her with pepper spray and tried to get in the car. She’s since turned to fiction. A married mom of three young kids, she was also a flight officer in the United States Navy. She logged over a dozen days out in space and was actually awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal at Johnson Space Center in 2007. Shipman described how she still fears for her life, suffers nightmares, migraines, high blood pressure and other medical problems and has bought a shotgun and has a concealed weapons permit. Being an astronaut is a demanding profession but her job didn't keep Nowak from starting a family. Little did she know that the 2006 encounter would do more than just begin an other-worldly relationship. Coverage of the latest true crime stories and famous cases explained, as well as the best TV shows, movies and podcasts in the genre. She was selected by NASA in April 1996 and went up into space to work on the International Space Station in 2006 as an engineer. "He was just a charming, handsome, very polite man, and he started talking to me," Shipman told anchor Chris Cuomo in an exclusive interview. Colleen Shipman Oefelein spoke out to PEOPLE last year in the only interview she has ever given. "I believe I escaped a horrible death that night," Shipman said. Shipman had recently begun dating Bill Oefelein, an astronaut who had once dated Nowak. According to Shipman, the two hit it off immediately. Police reports claimed that she had space diapers with her, so she wouldn’t have to stop for bathroom breaks. Lisa Nowak drove 900 miles to confront Colleen Shipman As an astronaut, Lisa Nowak was a relatively well-known face. During the notorious confrontation with Shipman, Nowak sprayed pepper spray into an open car window that Shipman was in after getting her attention, but Shipman was able to drive away and call the cops, telling them at the time Nowak was an acquaintance of her boyfriend's who had been stalking her for two months. However, Nowak's actions didn't derail Shipman's relationship with Oefelein. It's also possible that returning from her 2006 space flight affected Nowak's state of mind. Little did she know that Lisa Nowak had left earlier that night in a small BMW. "He didn't mention any names or anything, and he said, 'I had this talk with her and we're going to remain friends. Nowak may have had trouble readjusting after this never-to-be-repeated journey — in Lucy in the Sky, Portman's character says, "I just feel a little off. Shipman spent a couple of hours waiting for delayed luggage before taking a shuttle bus to parking. The Oefeleins married in 2010 and settled in Alaska. She married Richard, a classmate from the Naval Academy and they had three children (a son and twin girls). While Nowak was originally charged with kidnapping and attempted murder, she later pleaded guilty to burglary and misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to two days in jail. From historical figures to present-day celebrities, Sara Kettler loves to write about people who've led fascinating lives. She told the court Nowak had intended to kill her: "It was in her eyes: a blood-chilling expression of limitless rage and glee." It seemed that Lisa Nowak had all the right stuff. But there's no romance there or anything,'" Shipman said. Lisa Nowak is a former NASA astronaut who had a two-year long affair with fellow astronaut William Oefelein. There's no definitive explanation for Nowak's choices. Text us for exclusive photos and videos, royal news, and way more. 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Following their historic walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins visited the monarch at Buckingham Palace. In February 2007, U.S. astronaut Lisa Nowak drove from Houston, Texas, to Orlando, Florida, to confront the woman who'd won the affections of an astronaut that Nowak had been involved with. Nowak had an affair with a fellow astronaut (but not one who was on her mission), Bill Oefelein, and in February 2007, she was arrested after confronting his new girlfriend, Colleen Shipman… Fortunately, Shipman was able to drive away and the police apprehended Nowak. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to apologize to Colleen Shipman in person," Nowak, a married mother of three, said. She lives in a modest home in Texas and works in the private sector. Nowak also faced severe repercussions. Who exactly is Nowak and what did she do in 2006 to yield such infamy? "It was him, and he was calling me from the space station. Oefelein even went so far as to call Shipman from the shuttle. However, in mid-January 2007 Oefelein let Nowak know he was in an exclusive relationship with Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman. She originally had been charged with two felonies -- attempted kidnapping and burglary -- along with misdemeanor battery. Before joining NASA, she served in the Navy, where she received various metals and service awards. However, some of those close to her speculated that the Columbia shuttle disaster may have played a part in her breakdown. “[After the attack] I thought, ‘I’m going to be okay,'” she recalls. While the affair between Nowak and Oefelein cooled off, Nowak, then 43, clearly got fired up when she found out about Shipman, then 30. As the police had Nowak's identification, they told Shipman her name. In one, Shipman wrote, "Will have to control myself when I see you. “Back home as Lucy’s world suddenly feels too small, her connection with reality slowly unravels,” it continues. Despite the tough times in her past, her attorney told PEOPLE last year that she’s in a better place: “She’s doing well.”. Police arrested Nowak on attempted murder and kidnapping charges. With the fury of that rocket blasting off, their love blossomed. In December, she released her first novel, Eerie, under the pen name C.M. The African American writer shared her message of "survival" and "hope" in the 1978 poem. Plus: The surprising end to the astronaut love triangle. As Shipman and the world soon learned, Nowak – then separated from her husband – felt scorned by fellow astronaut Bill Oefelein, who later told investigators he’d ended a relationship with her as his romance with Shipman took off. "Lisa let herself in, and looked into his computer and saw not only some of the steamy e-mails but she also found a flight itinerary," Gwynn said. The judge made her turn to face her victim. NASA ended up instituting annual psychological screenings for astronauts. While it’s only loosely based on the events surrounding Nowak’s arrest, according to The Verge, there are many strong parallels. “Lucy in the Sky,” a movie that will play in select theaters this weekend, may seem like an out-of-this-world story, but the film is actually based on a bizarre true tale that captivated tabloids. Shipman was not happy with the sentence. CLICK HERE to see photos of Shipman, Nowak and Oefelein. Introducing ... PEOPLE's Products Worth the Hype. Lisa Nowak, 43 ans, déguisée au moyen d'une perruque et d'un imperméable, s'approche de Colleen Shipman, officier de l'US Air Force, qui se trouve à ce moment dans sa voiture. She was a crew member on a 13-day Shuttle mission, operating the robotic arm for several spacewalks. What Shipman didn't know was that Oefelein also had unfinished business with another astronaut -- one with whom he'd been having an affair for two years, Lisa Marie Nowak. They began their affair shortly afterward. According to police, she still had a key and the passwords to his computer. The movie, starring Natalie Portman as a character based on Nowak, will play in major cities like New York and Los Angeles on Friday, October 4, and will screen nationwide by Oct. 25.