Jeanette Epps Will Be the First Black Woman To Join the ISS

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In 2018, Astronaut Jeanette Epps was ready to embark on a trailblazing mission of space exploration by being the first Black woman to reside on the International Space Station (ISS). Epps’ training in Russia and Kazakhstan was a success, and she was all set to go when suddenly she found herself pulled away from the mission. She didn’t have any medical conditions or family issues that would have prevented her from participating in the mission, but, unfortunately, her dreams of space travel were put on standby as her spot on the mission was replaced by Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor. The reason for this swap was never directly explained; but, despite this setback, Epps persisted and remained true to her ambitions and is now again finding herself presented with the invitation to join the ISS crew in 2021.
Next year’s trip to space will be a first for Epps. Space exploration was something that she had dreamed of since she was just nine years old. Her brother encouraged her to pursue her ambitions and she graduated from LeMoyne College, with a degree in physics, and later pursued and received a doctorate in aerospace engineering. Epps also went on to work …

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