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COPY-Aldrin: Fallen astronaut Lisa Nowak should be admired, but not excused

Associated Press - September 10, 2007 8:53 AM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - The second man to step on the moon says Lisa Nowak should be "admired," but not excused, for her resolve in allegedly confronting a romantic rival.

Buzz Aldrin's comments appear on Time magazine's Web site.

He says astronauts "lead ordinary lives and have varied personalities."

Nowak was arrested in February after police said the married mother of 3 drove nearly 1,000 miles to Orlando, Florida.

She pleaded not guilty to attempted kidnapping and other charges and court documents say she's pursuing an insanity defense.

Police have said Nowak used diapers during the trip to avoid making stops. Her lawyer calls that a "lie."

Aldrin has had problems with alcohol and battled depression and has spoken of the difficulties of astronauts readjusting to life outside the space program.

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