- NASA astronaut, Jeanette Epps, is set to become the first Black woman to join an International Space Station crew
- Epps will join Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2021
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Epps' new assignment in 2020
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NASA astronaut, Jeanette Epps, is set to join crew members on the first operational flight of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).
Announcing this, the Agency said the six-month expedition, which is scheduled to launch in 2021, will make Epps the first Black woman to live and work in space for an extended period of time.
The associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA headquarters, Kathy Lueder, told CNBC Make It that, Epps ''fully complements the other members of the first Boeing full duration crewed mission."
Responding to her new assignment in a post on Twitter, Epps noted that she's "looking forward to the mission" alongside her colleague astronauts, Williams and Cassada.
Epps, an indigene of Syracuse, New York, graduated with a bachelor's degree in physics from LeMoyne College in 1992.
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In 1994, she bagged her postgraduate degree in Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and in 2000, she earned her Ph.D. from the same school in Aerospace Engineering.
Meanwhile, in June, Briefly.co.za reported that Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched two people into orbit.
One of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets lifted off over the weekend to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
The rocket lifted off at 21:22 SA time and about 12 minutes later, a relatively small payload separated from the 23-story launcher, slipping the spacecraft into low-Earth orbit, Business Insider reported.
The privately developed commercial spaceship - which is called Crew Dragon - carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
Taking to Twitter, NASA tweeted about the historic moment, adding it is the first time in human history that their astronauts have entered the International Space Station from a commercially-made spacecraft.
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