An Equitable Future, as Envisioned by Sian Proctor

Sian Proctor persisted and eventually made it into orbit! The first black woman to fly a spaceship, the 51-year-old geoscientist, artist, and airplane pilot made history. 2009 saw Proctor advance to the final NASA astronaut selection round. When NASA turned down her application, she seemed unlikely to get to space. However, after years of commitment to her goal, Sian Proctor was a go for launch! A panel of judges was struck by her artistry, panache, and attempts to advance “JEDI space,” which she uses to refer to a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive vision of human space exploration. To learn more about the life and space exploration of Sian Proctor, check out the button below!


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