22 Feb 2020
ThunderStruck Space welcomes astronaut Nicole Stott to our board of advisers. Nicole has been a friend of ThunderStruck for some time. She is a very experienced NASA astronaut and a great artist. Add to that her work in STEAM – That is STEM with Art – and you have another powerhouse in driving the future of space. Below is Nicole’s short Bio. We look forward to hearing from her in the near future as her schedule eases. She is just finishing a book.
Astronaut Nicole Stott Bio:
Nicole is an astronaut and artist who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth.
A veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space as a crew member on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. She is the tenth woman to perform a spacewalk, was the first person to fly the robotic arm to capture the free-flying HTV cargo vehicle, she was the last crew member to fly to and from their ISS mission on a Space Shuttle, and she was a member of the crew of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133. She is also a NASA Aquanaut and was a crew member on the longest duration saturation dive mission at the Aquarius undersea laboratory. She believes that the international model of peaceful and successful cooperation we have experienced in the extreme environments of space and sea hold the key to the same kind of peaceful and successful cooperation for all of humanity here on Earth.
Nicole painted the first watercolor painting in space, which is now on loan for display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
After retiring from NASA, she founded the Space for Art Foundation to bring space and art together for children in hospitals and refugee centers around the world – helping them overcome the challenges they’re facing through the wonder and awe of space exploration, the inspiration of Spaceship Earth, and the healing power of art.
Nicole is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Central Florida, and she is an avid SCUBA diver and an instrumented rated private pilot. She lives with her husband and son and dogs in the Sunshine State.
Nicole has been in the news lately with a US Super Bowl advertisement for Olay supporting women, technology and space. Have a look: