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NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Become First Black Woman to Join an Int’l Space Station Crew

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps to become first Black woman to join an International Space Station crew

NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Become First Black Woman to Join an Int'l Space Station Crew

NASA space traveler Jeanette Epps will join space explorers Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada as a team part on the first operational trip of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS), the office declared Tuesday.

 

The half a year expedition, which is intended to dispatch in 2021, will make Epps the first Black lady to live and work in space for an all-inclusive timeframe.

 

Jeanette Epps is the natural addition to NASA’s Boeing Starliner-1 mission,” Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA headquarters, tells CNBC Make It in a statement. “She fully complements the other members of the first Boeing full duration crewed mission.

 

Epps reacted to her new task in a Twitter video, saying she’s “looking forward to the mission” alongside Williams and Cassada.

 

 

A Native of Syracuse, New York, Epps earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from LeMoyne College in 1992. In 1994, she earned a master’s degree in science from the University of Maryland, College Park and in 2000 she earned a doctorate degree from the same school in aerospace engineering. She worked seven years as a CIA technical intelligence officer before being chosen to NASA’s 2009 astronaut class, as per the agency’s’s site.

 

NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Become First Black Woman to Join an Int’l Space Station Crew

NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Become First Black Woman to Join an Int'l Space Station Crew

Her new task in space comes two years after she was first tapped to become an ISS team part aboard a Russian spacecraft, which would have made her the first Black space traveler, man or woman, on an all-inclusive space mission.

 

However, at the last minute, Epps, who had just prepared for her role, was removed from the task with no reason by NASA. Her sibling, Henry Epps, blamed as the reason behind his sister’s removal, however Epps revealed to The Washington Post in 2018 that she was unable to remark on her sibling’s comments or the purpose behind the last minute crew change.

 

NASA reacted to the allegations of racism being a factor by saying, “Diversity and inclusion are integral to mission success at NASA and we have a diverse astronaut corps reflective of that approach.”

 

Epps’ new ISS mission 2021 will follow space traveller Victor Glover’s half year ISS mission which is booked to dispatch no sooner than Oct. 23 of this current year.

 

NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Become First Black Woman to Join an Int’l Space Station Crew

NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Become First Black Woman to Join an Int'l Space Station Crew

Despite the fact that Epps and Glover are both set to leave a mark on the world as group individuals on expanded space missions, they are not the first black space explorers to visit the ISS. NASA affirms that six Black Americans have visited the space station before, including Stephanie Wilson who has visited three times.

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