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Former US Astronaut Asks Court to Remove Monitoring Bracelet

A former NASA astronaut, accused of trying to kidnap a romantic rival, has asked a state court to remove a monitoring ankle bracelet which she has to wear pending trial.

Lisa Nowak Friday told a judge in Orlando, Florida, that the bracelet, which tracks her movements, sounds an alarm if she fails to change batteries on time. She also testified that the device hampers her ability to exercise.

Nowak was arrested on February 5, after allegedly driving more than 1,500 kilometers from Texas to Florida to confront her alleged romantic rival, Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman. Prosecutors have charged her with attempted kidnapping with intent to commit bodily harm. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Shipman also appeared in court today. She told a judge that she feels safer knowing that Nowak wears the monitoring bracelet.

Nowak allegedly attacked Shipman in a jealous rage over shuttle pilot William Oefelein. Nowak has lost her position at NASA as a result of the scandal, but she remains a U.S. Navy officer, which includes obligation to keep physically fit.