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Nicole Stott on Back to Earth: Combining the Awe and Wonder of Space Exploration with the Healing Power of Art EP 131

May 3, 2022

Nicole Stott on back to earth: combining the awe and wonder of space exploration with the healing power of art. | Brought to you by Masterworks ( code passion).

Nicole is an astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mom, and now author of her first book "Back to Earth ~ What Life In Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet - And Our Mission To Protect It."  She 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 as a crew member on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle.  She is also a NASA Aquanaut. In preparation for spaceflight, she was a crew member on an 18-day saturation dive mission at the Aquarius undersea laboratory.

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Combining Space Exploration with Art

Nicole believes that the international model of peaceful and successful cooperation we have experienced in the extreme environments of space and sea holds the key to the same kind of peaceful and successful cooperation for all of humanity here on Earth.

On her post-NASA mission, Nicole is a co-founder of the Space for Art Foundation --- uniting a planetary community of children through the awe and wonder of space exploration and the healing power of art. 

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Time Stamps:

  • 0:00 Announcements and Introduction of Nicole Stott
  • 5:06 How St. Pete College set Nicole up for success
  • 8:54 Working at Kennedy Space Center and becoming an astronaut
  • 12:12 Realizing the simplicity of life's decisions
  • 15:47 The evolution of the impact of women at NASA
  • 19:19 Permitting yourself to dream the dream
  • 21:15 The Overview Effect - How it transforms an astronaut's perspective
  • 27:57 Grounding also called earthing, electrically reconnects you to the earth.
  • 29:34 What's it like to do a spacewalk?
  • 34:38 Similarities between astronauts and aquanauts
  • 38:03 National Geographic's "One Strange Rock"
  • 40:10 Nicole Stott discusses why she wrote "Back to Earth"
  • 45:32 How polar exploration is like space exploration
  • 49:05 Space for Arts Foundation
  • 55:43 Rapid round of questions
  • 58:52 Wrap up and synthesis


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-- John R Miles is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Passion Struck. This full-service media company helps people live intentionally by creating best-in-class educational and entertainment content. John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, and author named to the ComputerWorld Top 100 IT Leaders.


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