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Stott, Nicole Marie Passonno
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American engineer mission specialist astronaut, 2000-2015.

Status: Inactive; active 2000-2015. Born: 1962-11-19. Spaceflights: 2 . Total time in space: 103.24 days. Birth Place: Albany, New York.

Educated Embry-Riddle; Central Florida.

Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:Nicole Passonno Stott
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:  Born in Albany, New York.  Her hometown is Clearwater, Florida.  Nicole is married with one child.  She enjoys flying, snow skiing, SCUBA diving, woodworking, painting, and gardening.

EDUCATION:  Graduated from Clearwater High School, Clearwater, Florida, 1980.
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1987. Master of Science in Engineering Management, University of  Central Florida, 1992.

SPECIAL HONORS: NASA Space Flight Medals; NASA Distinguished Service Medals; NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal; NASA Certificates of Commendation; NASA Performance Awards; NASA On-the-Spot Awards; 2012 Florida Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee; 2011 Russian Medal of Merit for Space; 2011 University of Central Florida Professional Achievement Award; 2009 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Alumni Eagle of Excellence Award; NASA Aircraft Operations Newt Myers Team Spirit Award; KSC Public Affairs Certificate of Appreciation for Service.

EXPERIENCE:  Nicole began her career in 1987 as a structural design engineer with Pratt and Whitney Government Engines in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She spent a year with the Advanced Engines Group performing structural analyses of advanced jet engine component designs.

Nicole is an instrument rated private pilot.  She is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the 99’s Florida Suncoast Chapter. She is also a founding member of both the Manna Energy Foundation and Fragile Oasis.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  In 1988, Nicole joined NASA at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, 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, including Vehicle Operations Engineer; NASA Convoy Commander; Shuttle Flow Director for Endeavour; and Orbiter Project Engineer for Columbia.  During her last two years at KSC, she was a member of the Space Station Hardware Integration Office and relocated to Huntington Beach, California, where she served as the NASA Project Lead for the ISS truss elements under construction at the Boeing Space Station facility.  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).

Selected as a mission specialist by NASA in July 2000, Nicole reported for astronaut candidate training in August 2000.  Following the completion of training, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office International Space Station Operations branch, where she performed crew evaluations of station payloads.  She also worked as a support astronaut for the Expedition 10 crew and as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM).  In April 2006 she was a crewmember on the ninth 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.  The NEEMO 9 mission served as an analog for future lunar operations - the crew tested advanced space suit design concepts, robotic devices for surface-based exploration, construction and communication techniques, and advanced tele-medicine hardware and techniques. In preparation for a long-duration space flight, Nicole completed a Russian language immersion class in Moscow, Russia, and underwent International Space Station systems training at each of the international partner training sites in Russia, Japan, Germany, and Canada.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  Nicole completed her first long-duration space flight as a Flight Engineer on International Space Station Expeditions 20 and 21 (August 28 through November 29, 2009).  She launched to the International Space Station on Space Shuttle Discovery with the crew of STS-128 on August 28, 2009.  She performed one spacewalk along with her STS-128 crewmate John “Danny” Olivas, with a total duration of 6 hours and 39 minutes.  During her tour of duty on the station, she participated in the first track and capture of the Japanese cargo vehicle HTV, conducted a wide variety of science and research activities, and performed maintenance of the space station systems.   After logging 91 days in space, she returned on the Space Shuttle Atlantis with the crew of STS-129 on November 29, 2009.  Stott was the last expedition crewmember to return to Earth on a space shuttle.  

Nicole completed her second space flight as a Mission Specialist on STS-133 (February 24 - March 9, 2011), which was the 39th and final mission for Space Shuttle Discovery.  During the 13-day flight, the Discovery crew delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) and the fourth Express Logistics Carrier (ELC), including a complement of critical spare parts and supplies to the International Space Station.  Nicole worked with Astronaut Michael Barratt, flying the space station robotic arm for the installation of the ELC-4 and PMM, which completed the assembly of the U.S. portion of the station. She also served as the onboard EVA crewmember, directing the mission’s two space walks, which were performed by astronauts Alvin Drew and Stephen Bowen; and she served as Flight Engineer for entry.  The mission was accomplished in 202 Earth orbits, traveling 5.3 million miles in 307 hours and 3 minutes.

After completion of the STS-133 mission, Nicole worked a one-year assignment at KSC as the Astronaut Office representative to the Commercial Crew Program.  She currently works at JSC as the Astronaut Office Space Station Integration Branch Chief. 

MARCH 2013


NAME: Nicole P. Stott, Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: November 19, 1962 - Albany, NY


EDUCATION: Clearwater High School, Clearwater, FL, 1980 B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1987; M.S., Engineering Management, University of Central Florida, 1992.

POSITION WHEN RECRUITED: Flight Simulation Engineer NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX

More at: Stott.

Family: Mission Specialist Astronaut, NASA Group 18 - 2000, Women of Space. Country: USA. Flights: STS-126 ISS EO-18, STS-128 ISS EO-20, STS-133. Bibliography: 12, 6071.

1962 November 19 - .
  • Birth of Nicole Marie Passonno Stott - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Stott. American engineer mission specialist astronaut, 2000-on..

2000 July 27 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 18 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Antonelli, Barratt, Behnken, Boe, Bowen, Drew, Feustel, Ford, Kevin, Garan, Good, Hurley, Kopra, McArthur, Megan, Nyberg, Stott, Virts, Wilmore.

    The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Seven pilots and ten mission specialists; 14 men and 3 women.

2009 August 29 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-128 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Ford, Kevin, Forrester, Fuglesang, Hernandez, Olivas, Stott, Sturckow. Payload: Discovery F36 /. Mass: 121,420 kg (267,680 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-128. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery . Duration: 13.87 days. Decay Date: 2009-09-12 00:53:00 . USAF Sat Cat: 35811 . COSPAR: 2009-045A. Apogee: 352 km (218 mi). Perigee: 310 km (190 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min.

    Crew: Sturckow, Ford, Forrester, Hernandez, Fuglesang, Olivas. Deliver to the ISS and install the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM); Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC); Three-crew quarters, galley, and second treadmill (TVIS2); and the Crew Health Care System 2 (CHeCS 2).

2009 September 1 - .
  • EVA STS-128-1 - . Crew: Olivas, Stott. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-128. The crew exited at 21:48 and retrieved the EUTEF and MISSE 6 experiments from the Columbus module. The hatch was closed at 04:19 GMT..

2011 February 24 - . 21:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-133 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Barratt, Boe, Bowen, Drew, Lindsey, Stott. Payload: Discovery F38 /. Mass: 121,840 kg (268,610 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-01M, Soyuz TMA-20, STS-133. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 12.80 days. Decay Date: 2011-03-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 37371 . COSPAR: 2011-008A. Apogee: 355 km (220 mi). Perigee: 318 km (197 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.30 min.

    Final flight of the space shuttle Discovery. The spaceplane docked with the International Space Station at 19:14 GMT on 26 February. The ELC-4 Express Logistics Carrier 4 was transferred from the Shuttle to the S3 station truss on 27 February. The station's SSRMS robot arm moved the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module from the shuttle to the nadir port of the Unity module between 13:46 and 15:05 UTC on 1 March. Following cargo unloading and three spacewalks devoted to station repair and assembly, Discovery undocked from the station for the last time at 12:00 GMT on 7 March, landing at the Kennedy Space Center at 16:57 GMT on 9 March.

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