27 Oct NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott tours PoSSUM Simulation Facilities at Embry-Riddle
NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott recently paid a visit to the PoSSUM mission simulation facility at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and flew the baseline PoSSUM profile to an altitude of 103km. Her visit coincided with the Project PoSSUM Scientist Astronaut Qualification Program Class 1503.
PoSSUM mission simulation uses Embry-Riddles simulation facilities, including a mission control center and spacesuit don/doff room, along with customized software and instrumentation designed for PoSSUM missions. PoSSUM candidates use this facility to prepare to fly spacecraft into the mesosphere to research noctilucent clouds while wearing a fully pressurized space suit.
Stott, a native of Clearwater, Fla., received her bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1987 from Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus. She worked as a mission specialist for STS-128 Space Shuttle Discovery’s journey to the International Space Station in 2009 for three months. Her second flight, in 2011, STS-133, was aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery’s final flight.