‘My entire life has led up to this moment'

Guam-born astronaut joins SpaceX’s Inspiration4

Sian Proctor. Photo courtesy of NASA

By Mar-Vic Cagurangan

Space has always been part of Dr. Sian Proctor’s life since birth. Her father, the late Edward Langley Proctor Jr., was a contractor for NASA's remote ground terminal in Guam, where she was born during the Apollo 11 era.

Proctor, a geoscientist, is one of the four amateur astronauts selected for the Inspiration4 private orbital spaceflight launched today.

It is the third flight aimed at eventually paving the way for paying customers to access space, following on from space tours by Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos earlier this year.

The Inspiration 4’s three-day trip around the Earth has been bankrolled by U.S. billionaire businessman Jared Isaacman, the founder of Shift4 Payments. He is traveling with Proctor and fellow space tourists Hayley Arceneaux and Chris Sembroski.

“When I got that call, that zoom, Jared was on there and he said that they picked me for the prosperity seat. I was going to space with him,” Proctor said in an interview pre-recorded for Netflix’s “Countdown” coverage. “My entire life has led up to this moment.”