Former Valley professor to serve on advisory group for National Space Council

Jan 26, 2023, 1:00 PM
(Maricopa County Colleges Photo)...
(Maricopa County Colleges Photo)
(Maricopa County Colleges Photo)

PHOENIX — Sian Proctor is no stranger to space.

She was among a four-person crew aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule in September 2021 that spent three days observing Earth from a perspective most will never encounter.

That experience helped land Proctor, a former professor at South Mountain Community College, a spot on the National Space Council’s User Advisory Group.

Proctor and others on the 30-person team will advise the Biden administration on maintenance and responsibility for its space present and future.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to serve on the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group and help advance space exploration through my experiences as a commercial astronaut, a geoscientist and an educator with the Maricopa Community Colleges,” Proctor said on Twitter.

The group will make recommendations on space policy and strategy, and practices in national and international security space sectors.

Vice President Kamala Harris, the chair of the National Space Council, made the announcement last month.

“We commend Dr. Proctor on this incredible accomplishment of being selected to serve on the UAG,” Steve Gonzales, chancellor for the Maricopa County Community College District, said in a press release.

“As a geoscience professor with decades of experience, she brings invaluable knowledge and insight to this critical advisory role.”

Appointment to the UAG is pending approval from the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Proctor was a one-time NASA astronaut finalist and spent over 20 years working in MCCCD.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pxhere Photo)...

1 person critically wounded in shooting outside Scottsdale nightclub

One person was critically wounded in a shooting Sunday night at an Old Town Scottsdale nightclub, authorities said.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Board of Regents)...
Griselda Zetino

Arizona public universities team up to research police, firefighter staffing shortages

Arizona’s three public universities are teaming up to help police and fire departments across the state to solve staffing shortages.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/BoyBee Extreme Tactical Shop)...
SuElen Rivera

Arizona man charged for possessing 2 unregistered machine guns

A man in southern Arizona was arrested and charged for possessing two unregistered machine gun conversion devices, authorities said Sunday. 
10 hours ago
Mamamoo attends the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards(MAMA) at Nagoya Dome on December 4, 2019 in Nagoya...

K-pop group Mamamoo coming to Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale this May

Popular K-pop band Mamamoo will stop by Glendale's Desert Diamond Arena as part of its “MY CON” tour in May.
10 hours ago
Phoenix Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari speaks at the unveiling of a mural to honor Iranian women titled...
Jack Wu | Cronkite News

Phoenix council member Yassamin Ansari pushes for climate action, sustainable energy

As a Phoenix City Council member and vice mayor, Yassamin Ansari says true progress toward a sustainable future starts at the local level.
10 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@NWSFlagstaff)...

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from March 24-26

Northern Arizona could be hit with more snow, a missing woman was found dead in Mexico and six people were arrested for mailing fentanyl.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo by Michael Matthey/picture alliance via Getty Images)...
Cox Communications

Valley Boys & Girls Club uses esports to help kids make healthy choices

KTAR’s Community Spotlight focuses on the Boys & Girls Club of the Valley and the work to incorporate esports into children's lives.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Prep the plumbing in your home just in time for the holidays

With the holidays approaching, it's important to know when your home is in need of heating and plumbing updates before more guests start to come around.
Former Valley professor to serve on advisory group for National Space Council