NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott Featured at Florida Finishers Conference

The retired astronaut will be the opening speaker at the annual Florida Finishers Corp. Mid-Winter Conference & Exposition, to be held February 7-8, at the St. Petersburg Marriott in Clearwater, Florida.

Retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott will be the opening speaker at the annual Florida Finishers Corp. Mid-Winter Conference & Exposition, to be held February 7-8, at the St. Petersburg Marriott in Clearwater, Florida.

After 27 years with the space agency, Stott retired from NASA in 2015, having flown in two spaceflight missions, including a long-duration stint on the International Space Station (ISS). She will be presenting “Earth From Space” at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, at the Florida Finishers event. (The keynote speaker for the session will be Beth Knauss from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Southwest District. Thursday’s keynote speaker will be Products Finishing Editor Tim Pennington.)

Stott was born in Albany, New York, but her hometown is Clearwater, Florida. She received degrees from both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Central Florida before joining NASA as an operations engineer in the Orbiter Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

During her time at Kennedy, she held a variety of positions associated with the space shuttle program, including Shuttle Flow Director for Endeavour, Orbiter Project Engineer for Columbia, NASA Convoy Commander for space shuttle landings and Vehicle Operations Engineer, preparing space shuttles for their next mission. She also worked in Huntington Beach, California, for two years as part of the ISS Hardware Integration Office, serving as a program lead between the flight hardware manufacturing site and the launch site at Kennedy.

In 1998, Stott transitioned to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to work as a flight simulation engineer on shuttle training aircraft, helping train astronaut pilots to land space shuttles. She was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000 and held numerous assignments, including as a crew member on the undersea NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 9 mission. (She still holds the women’s world record for the longest saturation dive of 18 days.) Stott subsequently was assigned to her first spaceflight mission.

In 2009, Stott flew aboard space shuttle Discovery STS-128 to the space station. As part of her 91 days supporting scientific research in space, Stott conducted a nearly seven-hour-long spacewalk, and also guided the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm for the first track and capture of a visiting cargo vehicle. At the completion of her mission, she was the last station crew member to return to Earth via a space shuttle, returning on Atlantis.

She flew again in 2011, as a mission specialist on STS-133, the 39th and final mission for space shuttle Discovery. During the 13-day flight, the crew delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), completing the U.S. assembly portion of the ISS.

Stott returned to Kennedy for a one-year assignment as the Astronaut Office representative to the Commercial Crew Program, the team responsible for selecting contractors to build the next U.S. human-rated spacecraft. In her last assignment at Johnson, Stott served as chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office in the Astronaut Office/Flight Operations Directorate.

For information on the conference, visit the Florida Finishers Corp. website.