Shannon Walker was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2004 and is currently the supervisor for the 2021 Class of Astronauts. She most recently served onboard the International Space Station as commander of Expedition 65 and as a flight engineer on Expedition 64.
Walker returned to Houston in 2000 after a year in Russia and became the technical lead for the station MER as well as the Deputy Manager of the On-Orbit Engineering Office.
Walker served as the pilot on the Soyuz spacecraft that took her and her crew to the ISS and served as a Flight Engineer on the Station for Expeditions 24 and 25.
Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, as well as Master of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Space Physics, all from Rice University in Houston.
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(28 January 2021) NASA astronaut and Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Shannon Walker collects leaf samples from plants growing inside the European Columbus laboratory. Space agriculture is key to the success and sustainability of future human missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.