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Former astronaut Lisa Nowak, shown here during last July's flight of the shuttle Discovery, has been given the job of developing flight lesson plans for the U.S. Navy. NASA fired Nowak, a Navy captain, after she was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a romantic rival.
updated 3/22/2007 12:24:08 PM ET 2007-03-22T16:24:08

The former astronaut fired by NASA after she was charged with trying to kidnap a romantic rival will develop flight lesson plans as part of her new military assignment.

Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak will work on developing curriculum and training programs when she joins the staff of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command in Corpus Christi next month, said a Navy spokesman, Lt. Sean Robertson.

She was originally expected to report for work this week, but Robertson said Nowak will start her new job in April.

Nowak was arrested Feb. 5 on suspicion of confronting a romantic rival in a parking lot at the airport in Orlando, Fla. Police said Nowak pepper-sprayed Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman, the girlfriend of astronaut Bill Oefelein, and had in her possession a BB gun, steel mallet, knife and rubber tubing.

NASA fired Nowak a month later, and the Navy said she would be transferred to the Corpus Christi command. She is free on bail.

Nowak, a mother of three, could go to trial in late July. Her arraignment was scheduled for Thursday but she is not expected to appear since her attorney already has filed a not guilty plea to the charges of attempted kidnapping, burglary with assault and battery.

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