This is the first time a native Hoastonian will accept command of a space station in its 20-plus-year history according to NASA.
Houston – NASA astronaut Drs. Shannon Walker is really making her hometown proud.
A commander performs the same role as a captain of a ship – responsible for the success and safety of the vehicle, crew, mission, According to the Kennedy Space Center.
Walker is a member of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission that flew the space station on the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft in November, the first commercial manned spacecraft system.
He and his fellow crew-1 astronauts joined Expedition 64 and are about to complete a six-month science mission which includes Science and research investigation.
“Having grown up in the Johnson Space Center in my backyard, I was always aware of what NASA was doing in the space program,” Walk said. “I am proud to represent my hometown on the International Space Station where we conduct scientific research that can benefit all of mankind.”
Walker began the mission as a flight engineer, but this all changed on Thursday when she takes on the role as commander.
Who is Shannon Walker?
Dr. Walker was born on June 4, 1965 in Houston, TX. She is married to astronaut Andy Thomas.
Dr. Walker graduated from Westbury Senior High and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Rice University.
He began his professional career at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in 1987 as a robotics flight controller for the Space Shuttle program. She then left the International Space Station for 163 days to serve as a flight engineer for a long-term mission 24/25.
In 1999, Drs. Walker moved to Moscow, Russia to work with his contractors in the areas of avionics integration for the Russian Space Agency and the station, as well as establishing an integrated problem-solving program between international partners.
She returned to Houston after a year in Russia and became technical lead for the station MER as well as deputy manager of the Orbit Engineering office.
In 2004, Drs. Walker was selected by NASA as an astronaut.