Founding Director, "Space for Art"
Nicole is an astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mom, & 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. As an Astronaut & Aquanaut, she has explored from the heights of outer space to the depths of our oceans. In awe of what she has experienced from these very special vantage points, she has dedicated her life to sharing the beauty of Earth from space with others; & believes that sharing these orbital & inner space perspectives has the power to inspire everyone's appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth.
As an Artist, & now retired from NASA, Nicole combines her spaceflight experience & artwork to inspire creative thinking about solutions to our planetary challenges, to raise awareness of the surprising interplay between science & art, & to promote the amazing work being done every day in space to improve life right here on Earth.
Nicole was invited to join the Spacesuit Art Project when it first began in 2015 & since then it has been an amazing journey of space, art, & healing. She knows that the time she spent in space has led her to the work she's blessed to do now as a founding director with the Space for Art Foundation.