Women Making History: NASA Astronaut Shannon Walker

TrustBank Celebrates Women Making History!

At TrustBank we applaud the women leaders who break down barriers, shatter glass ceilings, and create opportunities for the women who follow them. March is Women’s History Month and each week we will profile a ground-breaking woman who inspires us!

Shannon Walker PhD

NASA Astronaut

In 2020 Dr. Walker a seasoned NASA astronaut, became the first woman to fly on a commercial space craft to the International Space Station (ISS).  The SpaceX flight was just the latest of her many accomplishments in space travel and scientific explorations.  Read more about the SpaceX flight here.

According to her profile on NASA.gov, Walker was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, a Master of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Space Physics from Rice University. Walker began her professional career at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in 1987 as a Robotics Flight Controller for the Space Shuttle Program. In 2010, she served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 24/25, a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station that lasted 163 days. Walker is currently serving as mission specialist on the on the Crew-1 SpaceX Crew Dragon, named Resilience, which launched November 15, 2020. She will also serve as Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 64.  

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