Jeanette Epps Becomes The First Black Crewmember on The ISS

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - 3:31PM
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 - 3:31PM
Jeanette Epps Becomes The First Black Crewmember on The ISS
NASA has announced that Jeanette Epps will be the first black astronaut to be a crewmember aboard the ISS. Epps will also be the 13th woman aboard the ISS to date. She will board in May 2018 as a flight engineer, and will stay on board to give her guidance and insight to Expedition 57. 

According to CNet, Epps started her career at NASA as a graduate student and Researchers Project Fellow, where she authored several journal articles. From there, she went on to work at Ford Motors in their scientific research lab, where she authored several patents. In 2002, she joined the CIA as a technical intelligence officer, earning multiple performance rewards. 

Now Epps has returned to NASA, which has named her one of their Modern Figures, a group of diverse individuals who—just like the protagonists in Hidden Figures--are working to push the boundaries of space exploration.

Unsurprisingly, Epps is huge fan of Hidden Figures, and an excellent role model to all women and young girls of color hoping to enter STEM field. In NASA's latest "Modern Figures" video, she shares some inspirational words of wisdom:
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"If you stay the course, put the time and effort in, it will become seamless eventually," she says to young girls and women, "Just because it's difficult doesn't mean you cant learn."
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