Astronaut Jeanette Epps Makes History As The First African-American Crew Member To Join The International Space Station.
Last week Astronaut Jeanette Epps made history as the NASA announced that she will be the first African American astronaut to board the International Space Station.
NASA has sent a total of 14 black astronauts into space in history but none have ever stayed on board the ISS as a crew member. Epps will not only be the first African American to call ISS home but she is also the 13th woman to board as a crew member since the space station was founded in 1998.
Epps will be joining astronaut Andrew Feustel as a flight engineer on Expedition 56 in May 2018 and stay on board for Expedition 57. She will be one of among 200 astronauts who have visited the International Space Station.
“Each space station crew brings something different to the table, and Drew and Jeanette both have a lot to offer,” said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, in a NASA press release. “The space station will benefit from having them on board.”
NASA’s announcement came a few days before the release of “Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of three black women who played pivotal roles in NASA’s successful attempt to put astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.
By Lilly Workneh Black Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post