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STOTT WILL SOAR AGAIN

The Clearwater astronaut will be aboard the final space shuttle mission.

Clearwater astronaut Nicole Passonno Stott is still is in orbit aboard the International Space Station, but NASA already has selected her for another mission - the very last space shuttle flight. Stott will join five others for the last shuttle mission, scheduled to blast off in September 2010, although the date could be pushed back. "I didn't know anything about that, that's awesome," said her friend David Martin, a computer salesman in Oldsmar. "I didn't think she would be going again, just because it's so late in the program." Stott grew up in Clearwater and graduated from Clearwater High School. She launched on her first space shuttle flight Aug. 28. She is now aboard the station and will return to Earth on another space shuttle in November. NASA is nearing the end of the space shuttle program, which began with its first flight in 1981. The remaining shuttle flights are designed to allow astronauts to finish building the space station.

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