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Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Farthest You'll Ever be from Home" at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Oct. 21.

These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors, who just happen to be scientists and astronauts, about dealing with loneliness and isolation in space and how that translates to life on Earth, and persevering through it all. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

David Carl Hilmers, 70, of Houston, Texas
Cady Coleman, 59, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Emmanuel Urquieta, 35, Sugar Land, Texas
Nicole Stott, 57, of St. Petersburg, Florida
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS
VIRTUAL EVENT
David Carl Hilmers, 70, of Houston, Texas | Looking to the stars

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
Assurance and hope.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
Times in my life where I felt alone and isolated.

Cady Coleman, 59, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts | Afar, but not apart

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope they’ll think of their own creative ways to be connected to people and events that they care about, leading to progress in missions that matter to them, and to all of us here on Spaceship Earth.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
Sharing my personal stories of life as an astronaut is my way of thanking people for the privilege of flying in space. I was inspired by a virtual play, "From Afar but Not Apart” that premiered in the early days of the pandemic. It chronicled the life and work of Henrietta Leavitt, an early astronomer who pioneered the idea that the blinking pattern of the stars could be used to map the universe.

Emmanuel Urquieta, 35, Sugar Land, Texas | Becoming a better human

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
How to cope with isolation and confinement. What personal tools and behavioral changes could empower you to be a better listener and team player.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I am always passionate about sharing space exploration and space life sciences, but this COVID19 pandemic has similarities to the isolation and confinement that astronauts encounter during spaceflight and what I volunteered to live during a simulated mission to space in a tin can. I want to share the personal tools that I learned that allowed me to survive the mission and to leave as a better human being.

Nicole Stott, 57, of St. Petersburg, Florida | Living on Spaceship Earth

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
The way we live and work together on the International Space Station is the best example of how we should be living and working together here on our planet – there should be no passengers, we all need to accept our role as crew mates here on Spaceship Earth.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My mentors, who encouraged me. I thank them every time I see them for helping me take the one step that opened the possibility of my own chance at space exploration.


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