Updated: April 16, 2021 06:42 PM
Created: April 16, 2021 05:59 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester native and Bishop Kearney grad Pamela Melroy is nominated for a position in the Biden Administration, the president announced Friday.
Melroy is President Joe Biden's Nominee for Deputy Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Melroy tweeted Friday, saying it was a great honor to be nominated, and that this year, NASA will embark on the first human deep space exploration program since Apollo.
This year, NASA will embark on the 1st human deep space exploration program since Apollo, launch the James Webb Telescope, test the first all-electric X-Plane, and further technologies to take humans to Mars. The way to do it is as a team that honors diversity in every dimension!— Pamela Melroy (@Astro_Pam) April 16, 2021
She was part of Biden's eight-person NASA transition team.
Melroy is a retired U.S. Air Force test pilot and former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander and is currently an aerospace executive.
She flew three missions as a Space Shuttle commander, all of which helped build the International Space Station.
She's also a veteran of Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Melroy was recently inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
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