Episode 185: What’s it like to Blast off in a Rocket?

Meet the Expert: Astronaut Nicole Stott

Astronaut Nicole Stott

Photograph “I Am Orion” portrait of astronaut Nicole Stott.
Photo Date: September 27, 2013. Location: Building 8, Room 183 – Photo Studio. Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Nicole is an astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mom, and now author of her first book Back to Earth ~ What Life In Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet – And Our Mission To Protect It.  She 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.

She is a veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days as a crewmember on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. Personal highlights of her time in space include performing a spacewalk (10th woman to do so), flying the robotic arm to capture the first free-flying HTV, painting a watercolor (now on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum), working with her international crew on science that is all about improving life on Earth, and of course the life changing view of our home planet. 

Nicole believes that the international model of peaceful and successful cooperation we have experienced in the extreme environments of space and sea holds the key to the same kind of peaceful and successful cooperation for all of humanity here on Earth.

On her post-NASA mission, Nicole is a co-founder of the Space for Art Foundation — uniting a planetary community of children through the awe and wonder of space exploration and the healing power of art. 

Nicole Stott in space

Check out Nicole’s Website — Nicole Stott, Earth from Space 






Nicole Stott on treadmill


Nicole Stott in ISS






Challenge:  Accept your role as a crewmate, not a passenger on Earth. Take action! 

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Back to Earth book by Nicole Stott


Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet―And Our Mission to Protect It
by Nicole Stott


Inspired by insights gained in spaceflight, a NASA astronaut offers key lessons to empower Earthbound readers to fight climate change

When Nicole Stott first saw Earth from space, she realized how interconnected we are and knew she had to help protect our planetary home.






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