Sian Hayley Proctor
|Born||March 28, 1970|
|Occupation||Geology professor, and science communicator|
|Thesis||Cognitive process strategies and performance on a contour map memory test (2006)|
|Doctoral advisor||Sarah K. Brem|
|Discipline||Geology and Science education|
|Institutions||South Mountain Community College|
|Crew Dragon Astronaut|
Time in space
|2d 23h 3m|
Dr. Sian Hayley Proctor (born March 28, 1970) is an American geology professor, science communicator, and spaceflight participant. She was launched into Earth orbit, on September 15, 2021, as the pilot of the Crew Dragon space capsule. This mission was the Inspiration4 private orbital spaceflight. As the pilot on the Inspiration4 mission, Proctor became the first African American woman to pilot a spacecraft. She is a geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Arizona. She is also a Major in the Civil Air Patrol where she serves as the aerospace education officer for its Arizona Wing.
Proctor was the education outreach officer for the first Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission. She has also appeared in three educational television shows, The Colony Season 2 which was aired on The Discovery Channel in 2010, and the 2016 PBS series Genius By Stephen Hawking on "Episode 2: Are We Alone?". She is currently featured on the Science Channel show Strange Evidence, where she has served as the science demonstration expert since 2017.
Proctor was born in Hagåtña, Guam on March 28, 1970, to a Sperry Univac engineer who was working for NASA at the Guam Remote Ground Terminal during the Apollo era. After the Moon landings, Proctor's family moved to Minnesota and later to various Northeastern states while her father changed jobs. Her family moved to Fairport, New York, when she was 14 where she later graduated from Fairport High School. Proctor studied at Arizona State University, where she received an MS degree in Geology in 1998 and later a PhD in Science education in 2006.
The Colony was a post-apocalyptic build show[clarification needed] by the Discovery Channel. Proctor appears in Season 2 which consists of 10 episodes and was shot on location in New Orleans.
Proctor appears in two episodes of The STEM Journals Season 1. The STEM Journals is an educational show for children interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and aired locally on Cox7 Arizona. She appears in the Physics of Flight and Rocks.
Proctor appears in Episode 2: Are We Alone. During this episode she, along with two other individuals, were challenged to "think like a genius" and discover the science behind the search for extraterrestrial life.
Proctor has appeared as the science demonstration expert on the Science Channel show Strange Evidence since 2017. The show brings together a team of experts who analyze video footage that seems to defy explanation. Proctor describes the phenomena and uses mockups to explain the science behind what is being seen.
Proctor was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Selection Process. She competed against over 3,500 applicants and was chosen as one of 47 finalists. During the final round, Proctor was not one of the nine astronaut candidates selected for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Group. She gives presentations[when?] about almost becoming an astronaut.
Proctor was selected as the pilot of the Crew Dragon mission Inspiration4, which launched on September 15 2021. She was selected for the "Prosperity" seat, given to the winner of an entrepreneur competition.
Proctor was the education outreach officer for the NASA-funded Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission. The purpose of the mission was to investigate food strategies for long duration spaceflight and missions to the Moon or Mars. During the four-month simulation, Proctor was hired by Discover Magazine as the photographer for Kate Greene's article Simulating Mars on Earth. She also filmed the Meals for Mars YouTube series while in the Mars simulation.
Proctor was selected as 2014 PolarTREC teacher. PolarTREC is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program that connects teachers with scientists conducting research in the arctic and Antarctic regions. Proctor spent a month in Barrow, Alaska learning Historical Ecology for Risk Management and investigating the impact of climate change on the coastline and community.
Proctor was selected as a 2016 ACEAP Ambassador. The ACEAP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that sends K–16 formal and informal astronomy educators to US astronomy facilities in Chile. During the summer of 2016 she joined eight other ambassadors as they visited Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), Gemini South Observatory, and the Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA). Proctor returned to San Pedro, Chile in 2017 to engage in STEM education outreach activities with the local high school and surrounding community.
Proctor was selected to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher At Sea program in 2017. The program was started in 1990 and provides teachers with research experience working at sea. For three weeks she conducted pollock research in Bering Sea on the fisheries vessel the Oscar Dyson and blogged about her experience for NOAA.
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