Chief Astronaut Instructor
Area of interests for collaboration and/or mentorship:
- Human Spaceflight
Beth Moses is the chief astronaut instructor at Virgin Galactic. She is the first female to fly to space on a commercial vehicle and earned her Commercial Astronaut Wings from the Federal Aviation Administration in April 2019. Moses made her second trip to space on VSS Unity in July 2021.
Moses was formerly the extravehicular system manager for the International Space Station at NASA.
Moses received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue. As a student, she was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Microgravity Research Award to conduct materials research in parabolic flight. She is the recipient of Chicago’s Adler Planetarium annual Women in Space Science Award and a Google Science Fair judge. She was honored as an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer by AAE in 2018.