Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Astronaut. Artist. Earthling.


 

Earlier this month I spoke to Sogrape’s US Wine Team about ‘Shaping The Future’.  Nicole Stott also spoke.  What a Character!  What an Inspiration!  Just what the world needs more of.

 

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the first Astronaut Artist I’ve ever met.

 

·        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.

 

·        She is a veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space as a crewmember on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle.

 

·        Personal highlights of her time in space were performing a spacewalk (10th woman to do so), flying the robotic arm to capture the first HTV, working with her international crew in support of the multi-disciplinary science onboard the orbiting laboratory, painting a watercolor, and of course the view out the window. 

 

·        Nicole is also a NASA Aquanaut. In preparation for spaceflight, she was a crewmember on an 18-day saturation dive mission at the Aquarius undersea laboratory. 

 

·        Nicole 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.  

 

·        She is the founder of the Space for Art Foundation — uniting a planetary community of children through the inspiration of space exploration and the healing power of art.

 

·        Her first book titled “Back to Earth” is currently in work.  (Publisher – Hachette Book Group/Seal Press, release fall 2021).

 

KR