NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps will be making record in 2021 as the first Black feminine astronaut to become a crew member on a mission to the Global Place Station.
The space agency declared on Tuesday that Epps would be joining Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for NASA’s to start with operational crewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Williams, who will be embarking on her 3rd expedition, and Cassada, on his initially, were being assigned to the mission in August 2018. On Twitter, NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine said that Epps is a “fantastic addition.” Epps responded with a movie sharing her thanks.
Epps was selected as a member of the 2009 astronaut course immediately after earning her doctorate in aerospace engineering and functioning for the CIA. She was slated to join a June 2018 ISS expedition in advance of the position was suddenly handed on to fellow feminine astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who became the very first Hispanic woman to are living on the ISS.
At the time, Epps’s brother Henry claimed that racism at NASA was the reason for the swap — a sentiment that Epps has never ever commented on publicly. NASA didn’t quickly reply to Yahoo Life’s ask for for comment, but responded in 2018 to Henry Epps’s promises, telling the Washington Publish, “Diversity and inclusion are integral to mission accomplishment at NASA and we have a various astronaut corps reflective of that method.”
NASA confirmed to CNBC that 6 Black People have visited the room station in the previous, whilst none for an extended interval of time, creating Epps the very first Black lady astronaut to make a 6-thirty day period expedition.
Epps has shared nothing but her pleasure on Twitter, producing that she is “looking forward to the mission” and sharing that enjoyment with her crew users.