Space Explored

Meet the pilot of SpaceX's first private spaceflight, Inspiration4

By Seth Kurkowski

September 9, 2021

The daughter of an engineer working at one of NASA’s Apollo remote ground stations in Guam, Space has always played a big part in Dr. Sian Proctor’s life.

Image: Inspiration4 / SpaceX

Going on to graduate with a master’s in geology and a Ph.D. in science education, Proctor is a professor of geology at South Mountain Community College.

Image: Inspiration4

In 2009, Proctor applied to become a NASA astronaut and made the final selection but ultimately wasn’t selected to join that year’s class.

Image: Dr. Sian Proctor

The selection also required Proctor to create a store on Jared Issacman's Shift4 platform, helping raise money for St. Jude.

Image: Inspiration4

Proctor, while also being a professor, also is an artist and poet. Combing her love for art with her love for space.

Image: Dr. Sian Proctor

Proctor represents the seat of prosperity and plans to bring her father’s signed note from Neil Armstrong with her to space.