The Clearwater High graduate will work at the International Space Station for about three months. photo gallery

Nicole Passonno Stott grew up in Clearwater and attended Plumb Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Oak Grove Junior High and Clearwater High. Friends say that as a youngster, she was funny, athletic and adventurous. She also loved flying, something she learned from her father, Fred Passonno, who was a pilot and a builder of experimental aircraft. She spent many days as a youngster hanging out with him at the Clearwater Airpark.

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