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Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

'Lucy in the Sky' Tells the Tale of an Astronaut Love Triangle — Is It Based on Real Events?

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If you think the plot of Natalie Portman’s new film, Lucy in the Sky, sounds familiar, you’re not alone. 

The drama follows the downward spiral of astronaut Lucy Cola after she returns home from a mission in space and begins an affair with her co-worker, Mark Goodwin. Things quickly sour when her secret lover turns his attentions to a younger trainee within their program. 

Is Lucy in the Sky a true story?

The script is loosely based on the real-life relationship between NASA astronauts Lisa Nowak and William Oefelein. The former was infamously arrested in 2007 for attacking Oefelein’s then-girlfriend, Colleen Shipman, with pepper spray at the Orlando International Airport and attempting to enter her car.