Alumnae Achievement Awards
Pamela Melroy ’83
Astronaut and Scientist
Melroy ’83 is a pilot and astronaut.
After earning her B.A. in physics and astronomy she
was commissioned as an officer in the United States
Air Force through the Reserved Officer Training Corps.
After completing a master’s degree in planetary
science from MIT, she attended undergraduate pilot
training at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas,
and completed the program in 1985.
flew with the Air Force for six years as a copilot,
aircraft commander, and instructor
pilot. She is a veteran of operations JUST CAUSE
and DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM and has logged over
200 combat and combat-support hours.
In 1991, Colonel
Melroy attended the Air Force Test Pilot School and
became the second woman ever
be selected as a test pilot. She served as a
test pilot for two years before being selected as one
of 20 astronauts for NASA from over 4,000 applicants.
has served as pilot on two flights (STS-92 in 2000
and STS-112 in 2002), both of which traveled
to the International Space Station. On the
STS-92 Discovery, Colonel Melroy became just the third
to pilot the space shuttle. She has logged
562 hours in space.
Colonel Melroy has received
numerous military honors including the Air Force
Meritorious Service Medal,
First Oak Leaf Cluster. She also currently
serves as a Wellesley College trustee.
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