Local professor, Dr. Sian Proctor, was the first Black woman to pilot a spacecraft

Dr. Sian Proctor is living her childhood dream of being an astronaut. “That always kind of like catches me. It’s great to be able to say that because it was a childhood dream that became a reality,” Dr. Proctor explained. In 2021, Dr. Proctor became a member of the first all-civilian spaceflight to orbit Earth aboard Space X’s Inspiration 4.