NASA to Send First African-American to Space Station in 2018 (Download PDF)


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NASA is sending first African-American to the space station in 2018. Jeanette Epps will become the first African-American space station crew member. She launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018. NASA has also assigned veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel to missions aboard the International Space Station in 2018.

Jeanette J. Epps Astronaut

Jeanette J. Epps Astronaut

Jeanette J. Epps Astronaut


  • Epps will join Feustel as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, and remain on board for Expedition 57.
  • Each space station crew brings something different to the table, and Drew and Jeanette both have a lot to offer.
  • More than 200 astronauts have visited the space station so far.

About Jeanette J. Epps

  • Jeanette Jo Epps is an aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut.
  • Nationality: American
  • Status: Active
  • Born: November 3,1970 (age 46) Syracuse, New York
  • She graduated from Le Moyne College with a bachelor in science degree in physics, and earned an M. S.
  • Also done Ph. D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.
  • After graduating, Epps worked in research at Ford Motor Company, then as a Technical Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Epps was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 2009.
  • She qualified as an astronaut in 2011.
  • Epps served as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 18 undersea exploration mission.

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • The NASA is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
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Since 2011, NASA’S Strategic Goals Are

  • Extend and sustain human activities across the solar system.
  • Expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe.
  • Create innovative new space technologies.
  • Advance aeronautics research.
  • Enable program and institutional capabilities to conduct NASA’s aeronautics and space activities.
  • Share NASA with the public, educators, and students to provide opportunities to participate.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 8, 2017


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