COMO Maalifushi Launches Summer Camp Led by Astronaut Nicole Stott

COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll has announced its upcoming “Space Summer Camp” led by American astronaut Nicole Stott. The experience will be open to adventurers aged eight to 16, from August 12-20, 2022.

Stott is a NASA astronaut (retired), aquanaut, artist, author, engineer and mother. She is also the co-founder of the Space for Art foundation. Her career at NASA spanned almost three decades. She has spent 104 days in space at the International Space Station (ISS) and is the 10th woman in history to conduct a spacewalk.

Participation in the “Space Summer Camp” will be offered to all guests on a complimentary basis during Stott’s residency, providing a host of activities that promise adventure whilst educating about the universe at the same time. Guests can jump in at any point while the camp is running, to enjoy a fun-filled itinerary of space-themed island experiences.

During “Stargazing in the Evenings”, Stott will regale travelers with exciting tales of the galaxy. The dark sky reserves of the Maldives allow for incredible viewing of the Milky Way, even with the naked eye.

Postcards to Space, Space Summer Camp

Travelers can join Stott’s international space mail project by writing to the astronauts in space. The messages and artwork will be combined with contributions from children around the world and sent to put a smile on the space-travelers’ faces.

Participants will have the opportunity to decorate a real space suit with special paints. The finished suits will be worn by astronauts on space flights, reinforcing the connection between art and science.

Stott once spent 18 days living underwater in preparation for spaceflight, at the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory. “Space Summer Camp” participants can learn about her experience and have a chance to ask questions, besides getting a glimpse into the feeling on a snorkel safari in the property’s house reef.

Other events include: “Art from Above”; “Space Snacks”; a treasure hunt on Lavadhoo Island; movies under the stars; and a bonfire night with s’mores and a talent show.

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