Meet Astronaut Nicole StottMay 01, 2018 - May 04, 2018 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
NASA selects astronauts from a diverse pool of applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds from scientists to pilots. From the thousands of applications received, only a few are chosen to be a member of the elite NASA Astronaut Corps. Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visitors get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts.
You may meet the Astronaut of the Day at any of the following opportunities. See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.
- The daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for a presentation from the astronaut and a discussion, so bring your questions and your camera.
- Visitors can also get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop at various times during the day.
- With an additional purchase, visitors can enjoy an exclusive buffet lunch and group presentation during Lunch With An Astronaut. Offered at noon daily, lunch includes a question and answer session and photo opportunities!
Nicole was born in Albany, New York, and at a young age moved to and grew up in Clearwater, Florida. Nicole graduated from Clearwater High School, Clearwater, FL, 1980. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1987; and a Master of Science in Engineering Management, from the University of Central Florida, 1992.
Nicole began her career in 1987 as a structural design engineer with Pratt and Whitney Government Engines in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she spent a year with the Advanced Engines Group performing structural analyses of advanced jet engine component designs.
Nicole joined NASA at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, in 1988 as an Operations Engineer in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). During her time at KSC, she held a variety of positions within NASA Shuttle Processing. In 1998, she joined the Johnson Space Center (JSC) team in Houston, Texas, as a member of the NASA Aircraft Operations Division, where she served as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) helping train astronaut pilots to land the space shuttle. In July 2000, Nicole was selected by NASA for the Astronaut Corps as a mission specialist and member of the 18th class of NASA astronauts. In April 2006 she was a crewmember on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 9) mission, where she lived and worked with a six-person crew on the longest duration NEEMO mission to date – 18 days on the Aquarius undersea research habitat.
Nicole completed her first long-duration space flight as a Flight Engineer on International Space Station Expeditions 20 and 21 in 2009. She launched to the ISS on Space Shuttle Discovery with the crew of STS-128. Nicole completed her second space flight as a Mission Specialist on STS-133 in 2011, which was the 39th and final mission for Space Shuttle Discovery.
After completion of the STS-133 mission, Nicole returned to KSC for a one-year assignment as the Astronaut Office representative to the Commercial Crew Program. In 2012, she returned to JSC where she served in the Astronaut Office. Now as a retired NASA Astronaut, Nicole is pursuing her next adventure as a full time artist.
Meet Astronaut Nicole Stott