Created: June 18, 2021 06:35 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester native and Bishop Kearney grad Pamela Melroy Thursday was confirmed as Deputy Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).by the United States Senate.
Melroy was nominated for the position by President Joe Biden.
She was part of Biden's eight-person NASA transition team.
“It’s an honor to be confirmed by the Senate to serve as NASA Deputy Administrator, and I am humbled by President Biden and Vice President Harris’ confidence in me,” Melroy said. “I look forward to returning to the NASA family and working with Administrator Bill Nelson to ensure the United States continues to lead in space and beyond – exploring the wonders of the universe, expanding the Earth science research critical to combatting climate change, unlocking scientific discoveries that will change the world as we know it, and inspiring the next generation of discoverers and dreamers.”
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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