On my show today, I called upon Homer Hikam for some insight on the bizarre story of astronaut Lisa Nowak (who flipped out, put on a diaper, and drove 900 miles to confront a rival for another astronaut’s affections).

In addition to writing “Rocket Boys,” which was turned into the underrated movie “October Sky,” Homer trained astronauts for years with NASA, working with crews for shuttle missions and the space station program.

He contends that the astronaut office in Houston is part of the problem, that the astronauts live in a bubble, and that many of them have had difficulty — particularly after they have been to space and back — which NASA doesn’t do a good job dealing with.

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