Only at MOSI, join astronaut and artist Nicole Stott — the first person to paint a work of art in space — for an inside look at women as explorers and artists in space.
Tampa, Florida — Clearwater native and NASA Legend Nicole Stott will share stories of her inspiring path to space, her life as an astronaut and artist, and the pioneering role of female explorers during Women in Space, a special appearance July 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). The award-winning IMAX® film A Beautiful Planet, which was filmed by Stott’s fellow astronauts on the International Space Station, is also part of the special event.
Guests with a ticket to the 2 p.m. Women in Space presentation can also add-on an optional meet-and-greet opportunity from 12 to 1:30 p.m. to get an autograph, take a photo, and spend time one-on-one with Stott, who earned the nickname “The Artistic Astronaut” after becoming the first person to paint a work of art in space.
“I’m so excited to be in my hometown of Tampa Bay to talk about the women who helped inspire me to explore what’s ‘out there.’ There are so many great stories to share, and I’ll also be able to talk about my own experiences of what it’s like to go from being a little girl in Clearwater to someone who has been fortunate enough to experience the awe of our incredible home planet from space,” Stott said.
Stott used a paint set she had tucked into her luggage to create a brilliant, swirling watercolor painting of islands in the Caribbean Sea — while carefully keeping floating drops of water from damaging the $100 billion International Space Station. It became the first work of art painted by a human in space.
During Women in Space, Stott will talk about combining her loves of art and aviation into a career as a NASA astronaut, the three months she spent living 220 miles above the earth aboard the International Space Station, and the influential roles women have played in the exploration of space.
Women in Space is the latest event in MOSI’s NASA Legends series, which brings NASA’s space pioneers to Tampa Bay. It also coincides with the final weeks of Cardboard Space Adventures, MOSI’s giant summer experience combining imagination and exploration, which ends August 13.
Women in Space Presentation — July 22, 2017
All ages · 2 p.m.–4 p.m. · Clearwater native and NASA Legend Nicole Stott shares stories of her inspiring path to space, her life as an astronaut and artist, and the pioneering role of women in space, followed by the IMAX® film A Beautiful Planet. Nonmember: $20 | MOSI Member: $15
Add-On Meet & Greet (Only available with purchase of 2 p.m. ticket)
All ages · 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. · Join Nicole Stott for an all-ages meet & greet where you can get an autograph, take a photo, and spend time one-on-one with a NASA Legend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Spacesuit Art Project. Add-On Tickets: $25
Tickets are available now at mosi.org or by calling MOSI at 813-987-6000.
MEDIA NOTE: Nicole Stott is available for interviews in advance of the event, including in-person interview opportunities on Friday, July 21 and other dates. Please contact Grayson Kamm at email@example.com to arrange a date and time.
Public domain NASA images of Nicole Stott for media use: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AjMl2DqAimg9wHqsuAf-PlH9xfSL
Nicole’s website: theartisticastronaut.com
Twitter / Instagram / Facebook: @astro_nicole and @nicolestotttheartisticastronaut
NASA bio for Nicole Passonno Stott: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/stott-np.pdf
Media contact: Grayson Kamm, MOSI Communications Director – 813-987-6018 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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