For The 1st Time, A Black Woman Will Lead A NASA Center

  • Written by Lauren Terrazas
  • Published on 7th July 2021
    Space Shuttle replica “Explorer” arrives at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston after the journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, June 3, 2012. Richard Carson / REUTERS
  • NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has a new leader: Vanessa Wyche, who will be the first Black woman to serve as director of a NASA center.
  • She will lead the center’s efforts in human spaceflight missions, the nation’s astronaut corps, International Space Station mission operations and the Orion Program.
  • “It is just an honor to know that I will have the opportunity to lead these efforts as we’re moving forward,” she told a Houston ABC affiliate.


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