President Joe Biden Set to Nominate Former Astronaut Pam Melroy as NASA Deputy Administrator
By NASA // April 17, 2021
One of only two women to command a space shuttle mission
(NASA) – President Joe Biden announced he intended to nominate former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy to serve as the agency’s deputy administrator.
“Pam’s experience as an astronaut, shuttle space commander, and U.S. Air Force test pilot would bring to NASA a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing the agency,” said Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk.
“Pam is driven by a desire to solve the biggest issues here on Earth, throughout the solar system, and beyond. She is a proven leader with bold vision and, if confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to working with her and Sen. Nelson to ensure NASA’s future success.”
One of only two women to command a space shuttle, Melroy logged more than 38 days in space. All three of her missions were assembly missions to build the International Space Station.
After serving more than two decades in the Air Force and as a NASA astronaut, Melroy took on a number of leadership roles, including at Lockheed Martin, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Nova Systems Pty, Australia, and as an advisor to the Australian Space Agency.
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