NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps Could Become First Black Woman to Live on the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps
N’dea Yancey-BraggAntonia Jaramillo – NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps is slated to make history next year when she becomes the first Black woman to live on the International Space Station for months at a time.

If everything goes according to plan, her historic arrival will come two years after being pulled from a similar mission.

NASA announced Tuesday that Epps will join Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada on Boeing’s Starliner-1 mission, which will mark the first operational crewed flight of the company’s Starliner spacecraft.

Epps was slated to fly on the Russian Soyuz rocket to the ISS in 2018, but NASA replaced her with astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and did not disclose why. More than a dozen African American astronauts have flown in space and visited the station, but that mission would have made Epps the first Black crew member to live there.

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