Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch of the Inspiration4 rocket went off without a hitch last night, and on board that flight was a historic crew of four civilians, including one from what was arguably the best post-apocalyptic reality show ever made.
Dr. Sian Proctor starred on Discovery’s The Colony in 2010 and we’re hoping she used some of her skills from that show for this exciting new adventure.
The Colony was a reality show that placed a group of strangers together in an extreme post-apocalyptic survival situation. Season 1 was filmed in an old abandoned warehouse in Los Angeles while Season 2 (the one with Dr. Proctor) took place in a hurricane-ravaged Chalmette, Louisiana five years after the destruction from Katrina.
It was an honor getting to speak with @DrSianProctor and the incredible #Inspiration4 crew. They’re inspiring us all with their courage, curiosity, and passion. I’m thinking of all the young people who’ll be looking up to this crew and dreaming big thanks to them. Ad astra! 💫🚀 pic.twitter.com/6uAyFI2Z5D
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September 16, 2021
Currently a geology professor at Phoenix’s South Mountain Community College, Dr. Proctor is also a major in the Civil Air Patrol as the aerospace education officer for its Arizona branch. Her role on Inspiration4 is pilot.
The Kennedy Space Center launch of Inspiration4 happened at 8:02 p.m. EST last night, marking the first ever all-civilian flight into the Earth’s orbit.
Aside from Proctor, the other civilians on board are St. Jude Children’s Hospital’s Hayley Arceneaux, Air Force vet Christopher Sembroski, and Shift4 Payments CEO billionaire Jared Isaacman who is mostly sponsoring the trip to help raise awareness and funding for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In addition to Dr. Proctor’s appearance on The Colony, she has also starred on the PBS series Genius by Stephen Hawking, Season 1 of The STEM Journals, and the Science Channel’s Strange Evidence.
The Inspiration4 crew will spend three days in orbit aboard Crew Dragon Resilience which allows a 360-degreee view of space from the module’s nose.