Vanessa Wyche Makes History as First Black Woman to Lead a NASA Center

By: Teddy Grant

NASA veteran Vanessa Wyche has made history by becoming the first Black woman to lead a NASA center, the agency announced last month.

“It is just an honor to know that I will have the opportunity to lead these efforts as we’re moving forward,” Wyche told ABC 13 in Houston.

Wyche will be the director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston. She will lead over 10,000 employees, “who work each day to enhance scientific and technological knowledge via space exploration to benefit all of humankind.”

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“I look forward to working with everyone as we push forward to the Moon and inspire a new generation of explorers to reach for the stars,” Wyche said in a statement.

Wyche has worked with NASA for over three decades, having worked as a flight manager for multiple space shuttle missions, in the executive officer of the NASA administrator, as Director of the center’s Exploration Integration and Science Directorate and, most recently, as the Assistant Center Director at Johnson Space Center.

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