Nicole Stott

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Nicole Stott is an astro­naut of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She served as a Flight Engineer on ISS Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 and was a Mission Specialist on STS-128 and STS-133

Nicole Marie Passonno Stott, an American engi­neer, was born in Albany, New York on November 19, 1962 and resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. She attend­ed St. Petersburg College, where she stud­ied avi­a­tion admin­is­tra­tion, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1987, and received her Master of Engineering Management degree from the University of Central Florida in 1992. Nicole Stott began her career in 1987 as a struc­tur­al design engi­neer at Pratt & Whitney Government Engines in West Palm Beach, Florida.

As a NASA astro­naut, she served as a Flight Engineer on ISS Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 and was a Mission Specialist on STS-128 and STS-133. After 27 years of work­ing at NASA, the space agency announced her retire­ment effec­tive June 12015.

In 1988, Stott joined NASA at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida as an Operations Engineer in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF). In 1998, she joined the team at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, as a mem­ber of NASA’s Flight Operations Division, where she served as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).

Selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA in July 2000, Stott report­ed for astro­naut can­di­date train­ing in August 2000. Stott was pre­vi­ous­ly assigned to Expedition 20 and Expedition 21. She was launched to the International Space Station with the STS-128 crew, par­tic­i­pat­ing in that mis­sion’s first space­walk, and returned on STS-129, becom­ing the last Expedition crew-mem­ber to return to Earth via the space shut­tle. Stott made her sec­ond space­flight on STS-133, the third to last (ante­penul­ti­mate) flight of the space shuttle.

On Oct. 21, 2009, Stott and her Expedition 21 crew­mate Jeff Williams par­tic­i­pat­ed in the first NASA Tweetup from the sta­tion with mem­bers of the pub­lic gath­ered at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This involved the first live Twitter con­nec­tion for the astro­nauts. Previously, astro­nauts on board the Space Shuttle or ISS had sent the mes­sages they desired to send as tweets down to Mission Control which then post­ed them via the Internet to Twitter.