Sian Proctor (She/Her)
Astronaut | Geoscientist
Mission Pilot for the Inspiration4 All-Civilian Orbital Mission to Space
Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the CEO of Space2inspire and founder of The JEDI Space Foundation. She was the mission pilot for SpaceX Inspiration4, the first all-civilian orbital mission. She is the first African American woman to pilot a spacecraft, the first African American commercial astronaut, and the first African American to paint in space. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire, where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes we must actively strive for a JEDI Space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight.
She uses her Afrofuturism space art to encourage conversations about women of color in the space industry. She believes that when we solve for space, we also solve issues on Earth, and she promotes the adoption of space technology for issues such as food waste and climate change.
Dr. Proctor is a geoscience professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a global leader and ambassador for the Maricopa Community College District.