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Vanessa Wyche Will Be The First Black Woman To Lead A NASA Center

A  Black woman is making history at NASA once again! According to Texas Public Radio, Vanessa Wyche will become the first Black woman to serve as director of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) center. Wyche, a 30-year- NASA veteran, will lead efforts in human spaceflight missions, the nation’s astronaut corps, International Space Station mission operations, and the Orion Program at the Johnson Space Center. NASA’s Johnson Space Center, located in Houston, Texas, is ready to embark on a new era of space flight and exploration led by Wyche. “We’ll have the opportunity to have robotic missions as well as human missions going to the moon and working in tandem together,” said Wyche in an interview. “So, yeah, now is an extremely exciting time.” That excitement includes partnering with SpaceX and Boeing on missions to the ISS which will eventually lead to missions to the Moon, reports Houston Public Media. “SpaceX has been successful at having our astronauts fly on...

Shanique Yates

Jul 14, 2021

Vanessa Wyche Appointed As The First African American Deputy Director at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Vanessa Wyche is the first African-American to hold the role of Deputy Director at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.  She has worked at the JSC since 1989 when she joined the team as a project engineer. She’s also a South Carolina native who graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in materials engineering and a master of science in bioengineering. In this role, the deputy director is responsible for leading more than 10,000 civil service and contractor employees and also a number of human spaceflight activities for the space center. Wyche, who has received two NASA Achievement Medals among other accolades, is highly respected at NASA and has built agency-wide relationships according to JSC Director Mark Geyer . In a press release from NASA, Wyche said the following about being appointed to the role: “I am incredibly humbled to take on this role at JSC, and also excited to assist Mark with leading the home of human spaceflight,” she said. “I look forward...

Christine Cauthen

Aug 14, 2018