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Former Shuttle Pilot and Commander Pamela Melroy Joins PSI Board of Trustees

Nov. 2, 2017

Tucson, Ariz. -- Pamela Melroy (Colonel, USAF, Retired), a retired test pilot and astronaut, has joined the Board of Trustees at the Planetary Science Institute. 

Melroy has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Physics and Astronomy and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Planetary Science. After serving the United States Air Force and NASA, she worked at Lockheed Martin on the Orion program, and was acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration. She most recently served as Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 

The Planetary Science Institute studies the origin, characteristics, and evolution of planetary systems, including our Solar System, Earth itself, and planetary systems around other stars. It conveys the resulting knowledge to the scientific community, and to the public at large to promote science education and science literacy. It further uses this knowledge to advance human activity in space and shape the future of robotic exploration of the Solar System. 

“Pamela Melroy embodies the lifelong ambitions shared by many of us in space exploration,” said Mark Sykes, CEO and Director of PSI. “Her deep experience in human spaceflight, the aerospace industry, and related government programs will be of great value as we continue to expand the impact and application of our work.” 

“I truly look forward to joining the PSI board,” said Melroy. “It’s wonderful to be involved again with my first scientific passion – planetary science – and to support planetary scientists in their quest for knowledge of our universe.” 

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