NASA's Jeanette Epps set to become first Black woman to join an International Space Station crew

NASA's Jeanette Epps set to become first Black woman to join an International Space Station crew

- 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.

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NASA's Jeanette Epps set to become first Black woman to join an International Space Station crew

NASA astronaut, Jeanette Epps, is set to become the first Black woman to join Boeing's CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station. Photo credit: Jeanette Epps/Twitter.com
Source: Twitter

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.

In other news, photography journalist, Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh, has been spotted with a baby strapped to her back during the launch of a research report in Accra by the Alliance for Women in Media, Africa (AWMA).

The award-winning photographer’s maternal gesture at the launch of the report on the status of women in the Ghanaian media has been lauded as a powerful symbolic gesture considering the forum.

In the symbolic photo that is making the rounds on social media, Adadevoh can be seen with a child strapped to her back while going about her usual photography business during the AWMA event which was held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at the Centre for African Westlands Auditorium at the University of Ghana.

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