Former Astronaut On What's Going On At Kennedy Space Center

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The Kennedy Space Center is gearing up for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Moon Landing. 

Spokesperson Rebecca Shireman says they're putting together some fun activities next summer while the buildup is going on now, as each of the other Apollo missions are recognized.

"And we'll also have special guest speakers and larger events as we get closer to the moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission."

But, Shireman says you don't have to wait for July to check out some fun things at the space center.

"We have a micro-gravity chair that simulates what it feels like to work outside the International Space Station, doing repairs.  That's a one of a kind simulation that you can't find anywhere else."

 

Meanwhile, retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott reminds us that Space Shuttle Atlantis is on permanent display at the center's visitor complex.

"Atlantis is...it's incredible!  You almost can't believe it's real when you look at it, you know that it has flown in space and it has the marks on it from re-entering the atmosphere."

Nicole flew home from the International Space Station with the crew of Atlantis.  She also flew on Discovery. 

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These days Nicole is an artist.

"All of my art is inspired by the views that I had through the window of the Space Station.  I had the opportunity to do a water color painting while I was in space and it's been a really cool way to engage with audiences that might not otherwise think about the fact that we've had an International Space Station up their for 20 years."

She also runs a non-profit.

"I'd love for folks to check out our foundation that we've kind of built around space, art and healing.

It's called the Space for Art Foundation

Shireman also talks about what KSC is doing for the holidays this year, called "Holidays in Space."

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Photos: Getty Images & Kennedy Space Center

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