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1LT Vanessa Damphousse is a main character appearing in Season 1 of Space: Above and Beyond and the various tie-in books and comic books.

She is portrayed by actress Lanei Chapman.


Vanessa Camilla Damphousse[1] is from a well-to-do New York family and attended the California Institute of Technology where she earned a degree in Nuclear Physics. She interned during two summers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, where her father was Chief Engineer, and went on to earn a Master's degree in Engineering.[2]

She left her fiancé and his daughter Janice behind and signed up for the United States Marine Corps Air and Space Cavalry in order to find a direction for her life. She was almost finished with Officer Candidate School (OCS) and Accelerated Flight Training (AFT) when news of the Vesta Colony and Tellus Colonies being destroyed by aliens was released and the Chig War began. Vanessa was assigned as a pilot (callsign “Ace of Hearts”) in the USMC 58th Squadron – the Wild Cards, embarked in USS SARATOGA, a United States Navy space carrier.[3]

58th Squadron insignia

Military Awards[]

Character Motivation[]

Vanessa treats her squad mates and others with warmth and understanding, looking for what is good in each individual.


Space: Above and Beyond - Television Series
Pilot (appears) The Farthest Man from Home (appears) The Dark Side of the Sun (appears) Mutiny (appears) Ray Butts (appears) Eyes (appears) The Enemy (appears) Hostile Visit (appears) Choice or Chance (appears) Stay with the Dead (appears) The River of Stars (appears) Who Monitors the Birds? (appears) Level of Necessity (appears) Never No More (appears) The Angriest Angel (appears) Toy Soldiers (appears) Dear Earth (appears) Pearly (appears) R&R (appears) Stardust (appears) Sugar Dirt (appears) And If They Lay Us Down To Rest ... (appears) ...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (appears)
Space: Above and Beyond - Books
Space: Above and Beyond (novel) (appears) Demolition Winter (appears) The Aliens Approach (appears) Dark Side of the Sun (novel) (appears) Mutiny (novel) (appears) The Enemy (novel) (appears)
Space: Above and Beyond - Comic Books
Space: Above and Beyond (graphic novel) (appears) Space: Above and Beyond 1 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond 2 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond 3 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond - The Gauntlet 1 (appears) Space: Above and Beyond - The Gauntlet 2 (appears)