Dr. Sian Proctor takes black history to new heights, literally. The New York Times reports that Dr. Sian Proctor became the first black woman to pilot a spaceship. Additionally, she is the fourth black woman to ever fly into space and one of four people to participate in SpaceX’s first-ever fully civilian space flight.
“I’m going to be the first black female pilot of a spaceship,” she told WETM-TV in New York City.
“And for me, that blows my mind and I want to encourage the next generation to dream that it is possible and in Jedi Space, that’s what it is about.”
As she explained to The New York Times, Proctor is originally from Guam and has been heavily influenced by NASA for most of her life. The self-proclaimed “tomboy” took an early interest in airplanes while watching his father work as an engineer for NASA. At first, she hoped to become a fighter pilot, but life took her in a slightly different direction. She obtained a master’s degree in geology and a doctorate. in science education. Passing her knowledge on to the next generation, Proctor taught at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix for over 20 years and is also vice president of education at Star Harbor Space Academy.
“It’s a dream come true. Since my childhood, I wanted to be a fighter pilot; I saw it as the ticket to becoming an astronaut. I have to check this on the to-do list, ”she told Space.com.
Proctor also uses this theft as a way to provide for the needs of others. In collaboration with St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, she hopes to raise $ 200 million for pediatric cancer research. So far, she has already received a donation of $ 100 million from the billionaire Jared isaacman. Just like Proctor, Issacman also participates in this completely civilian space flight. Proctor, Isaacman, Chris Sembroski and Hayley Arceneaux took off on Wednesday and is expected to return this weekend.
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