Vanessa Wyche Named New Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A DIRECTOR. (Sorry, ya’ll, we couldn’t resist). Last month, longtime NASA veteran Vanessa Wyche made history when she was named director of Johnson Space Center, becoming the first Black woman ever to lead one of the space agency’s centers.

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen to lead the more than 10,000 employees at Johnson Space Center, who work each day to enhance scientific and technological knowledge via space exploration to benefit all of humankind,” Wyche said in a statement. “I look forward to working with everyone as we push forward to the Moon and inspire a new generation of explorers to reach for the stars.”

A native of South Carolina, Wyche has worked at NASA for 31 years, serving as JSC’s assistant center director and director of the its Exploration Integration and Science Directorate. She also served as a flight manager for multiple missions with the now-retired space shuttle program—not to mention she’d been serving as acting director since May, following three years as deputy director. Her three decades of service haven’t gone unnoticed either; Wyche has received many prestigious accolades over the years, including two NASA Outstanding Leadership medals, two NASA Achievement medals, and a “Woman at NASA” award.

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SOURCE: Houstonia Mag, Emma Schkloven

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