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NASA Sends First African America Astronaut To International Space Station 

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.

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-4-27-57-pmJeanette Epps is from Syracuse, NY and has a PhD in aerospace engineering. She has served as an astronaut since 2009 and also spent seven years as a technical intelligence officer for the CIA.

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