Sunday, November 27, 2016

Meet The First African-American To Crew The International Space Station

NASA started 2017 off by making history when they announced the first ever African-American astronaut to board the International Space Station (ISS). Jeanette Epps will join the ranks of 200 astronauts who have visited the ISS since November, 2000.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Epps adds the honor to an already impressive list of accomplishments. She has a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's of science, and a doctorate in aerospace engineering. She has been a fellow of the NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project and has spent seven years working for the CIA as a technical intelligence officer. Holy cow!

Fourteen African-American astronauts have gone to space, but Epps is the first to join the ISS.

She is also the thirteenth woman to live on the station as a crew member.

She will join Expedition 56 in May, 2018, as a flight engineer.

Epps will also remain on the station for Expedition 57. She is joined by astronaut Andrew Feustel, who was also announced as crew. 

She became an astronaut in 2009.

It was during her time at the CIA that NASA selected her for the 2009 astronaut class.

Congratulations, Jeanette!

We wish you luck when you blast off for adventure in 2018.

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