NASA’s high two jobs at the moment are formally crammed.
“It is an honor to be confirmed by the Senate to function NASA deputy administrator, and I’m humbled by President Biden and Vice President Harris’ confidence in me,” Melroy mentioned in a press release.
“I look ahead to returning to the NASA household and dealing with Administrator Nelson to make sure america continues to steer in house and past — exploring the wonders of the universe, increasing the Earth science analysis vital to combating local weather change, unlocking scientific discoveries that may change the world as we all know it and provoking the subsequent technology of discoverers and dreamers,” she added.
Melroy’s affirmation was by no means actually unsure. She acquired broad bipartisan assist throughout her Senate affirmation listening to final month, and her resume is extraordinarily robust.
Melroy served within the U.S. Air Pressure earlier than becoming a member of NASA. She flew three house shuttle missions, piloting STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002 and commanding STS-120 in 2007. She is one in all solely two ladies, together with NASA astronaut Eileen Collins, to command a shuttle mission.
After retiring from NASA in 2009, she took a number of high-profile jobs within the aerospace and protection sectors. She labored at Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), for instance, and served as deputy director of the Tactical Know-how Workplace on the Protection Superior Analysis Initiatives Company (DARPA).
She additionally has Nelson’s full assist.
“Pam is a pioneer and veteran of NASA, and might be an excellent chief as we enterprise farther out to the celebs,” Nelson, a former Democratic senator from Florida, mentioned in the identical assertion. “We definitely are fortunate to have her on board, and I look ahead to main NASA together with her as a staff.”
Melroy wasn’t the one individual to get a thumbs-up from the Senate on Thursday. The chamber additionally confirmed oceanographer Rick Spinrad as chief of the U.S. Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which companions with NASA on some Earth-observing missions.
Mike Wall is the writer of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a e book in regards to the seek for alien life. Comply with him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Comply with us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Fb.