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NASA’s Jeanette Epps to Become First Black Woman to Join the International Space Station Crew

Astronaut Jeanette Epps continues to smash ceilings as the first Black woman to join the International Space Crew of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner! Epps was originally set to take off on a Russian spacecraft that was to fly into orbit two years ago that would have made her the first Black person to work and live in space for an extended period. However, she now has other plans as she sets out to join the Starliner crew. The Starliner is a new private capsule that was created to ferry NASA astronauts in and out of the International Space Station (ISS) next year (2021). While many African Americans have traveled to space and even helped to build the ISS, Epps will become the first to serve as an expedition member. This mission will be her first spaceflight upon graduating from LeMoyne College in her hometown of Syracuse, New York — in 1992 — where she received a bachelor’s degree in physics. After taking her talents to the University of Maryland, College Park in 1994, where she received...

Aug 27, 2020