“It’s always nice to meet a kindred spirit. I’m delighted that Nicole is the first astronaut of the Space Shuttle/Space Station era to choose art as her next step in life.   All of us that have been fortunate enough to fly in space find it difficult to describe the beauty of our universe in words alone. I am thankful that Nicole has chosen to help share these amazing sights we have all seen through her very beautiful artwork.”   Alan Bean (Capt, USN, Retired)

~ Artist, Astronaut, Moonwalker, Friend, Mentor (Apollo 12, Skylab 3) 

"The Wave" - Nicole's artwork, inspired by a photo of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela that she took from ISS.  Mixed media embellishment with oil paint, sea glass, glass beads & sand on satin digital c-print image on aluminum (20"x24") Earth Observation Collection ~ eARTh from space

Nicole is an astronaut and artist who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork, in order to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth.

A veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space as a crew member on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. Personal highlights of her time in space include performing a spacewalk (10th woman to do so), flying the robotic arm to capture the first HTV, painting a watercolor, working with her crew mates and the ground team on science that is all about improving life on Earth, and of course the view out the window. She is also a NASA Aquanaut and was a crew member on an 18-day saturation dive mission at the Aquarius undersea laboratory. Nicole believes that the international model of peaceful and successful cooperation we have experienced in the extreme environments of space and sea hold the key to the same kind of peaceful and successful cooperation for all of humanity here on Earth.  

As an Artist, and now retired from NASA, Nicole combines her artwork and spaceflight experience to inspire creative thinking about solutions to our planetary challenges, to raise awareness of the surprising interplay between science and art, and to promote the amazing work being done every day in space to improve life right here on Earth.  She is a co-founder of the Space for Art Foundation.

Her first book Back to Earth, is available for pre-order and will be released October 12, 2021.

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