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Retiring astronaut 'in awe' of future space missions

Retiring astronaut 'in awe' of future space missions

Today's NASA astronauts may not have many of the adventures that Floridian Nicole Stott encountered when she became an astronaut in 2000. Yet as she retires, Stott envies them and the space explorers to come. Stott, 52, retired June 1 after a 27-year NASA career. That included a time in the late 1980s and '90s as one of the Kennedy Space Center engineers who made sure the space shuttles were ready to fly, followed by 15 years as an astronaut herself, flying on space shuttle Discovery in 2009 and 2011. When Stott began her astronaut career, NASA's human spaceflight program was in one of its heydays. The International Space Station was under construction, satellite...

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