Known as the ‘Artistic Astronaut,’ former astronaut and aquanaut Nicole Stott is among an exclusive group of astronauts enlisted to tell the fascinating story of Earth in National Geographic’s ONE STRANGE ROCK, executive produced by Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root’s Nutopia. Having logged 104 days in space and nearly three weeks on the Aquarius undersea habitat, Stott has seen Earth’s bigger picture and provides a unique perspective of our planet.
Stott, who was the first astronaut to paint in space, joined NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in 1988. She has since completed two spaceflights and has lived and worked on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). During her first long-duration spaceflight in 2009, she performed one spacewalk with a total duration of six hours and 39 minutes; participated in the first track and capture of the Japanese cargo vehicle HTV; and was the last station crew member to return to Earth via a space shuttle.
Stott completed her second spaceflight in 2011 when she was a crew member of the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery, STS-133. Traveling 5.3 million miles in 307 hours and 3 minutes, the mission completed the construction of the ISS and was accomplished in 202 Earth orbits.
As a NASA Aquanaut, Stott, along with her crewmates on the 18-day NEEMO9 mission, completed the longest saturation dive mission to date on the Aquarius undersea habitat.
After 28 years with NASA, Stott is now a full-time artist and SciArt education advocate. Through her artwork, she uniquely shares her impression of our planet from the orbital and undersea perspectives. She does this while stressing the significance of our planetary community and environment, a renaissance approach to education and wellness and the surprising interplay between science and art.
Stott resides with her family in St. Petersburg, Florida, and in her free time, she enjoys painting, SCUBA diving, flying, gardening and exploring more of our planet with her family.