NASA cancels African-American astronaut's first flight to space

  • NASA cancels African-American astronaut's first flight to space

NASA cancels African-American astronaut's first flight to space

Astronaut Jeanette Epps was scheduled to go to the ISS in June.

"I get very excited when I think about being up in space, partly because I compare it to going into a war zone", Epps told Elle magazine past year. Epps had been assigned to serve as flight engineer for Expedition 56 and remain on board for Expedition 57, according to NASA.

Epps would have been the first African American astronaut to live on the ISS.

'After nearly a decade of training in robotics and the Russian language - so that she can communicate with the cosmonauts on her mission - she will become the first African American woman to live and work long-term at the International Space Station'. "Jeanette knows that little girls, including her nieces, ages 5 and 6, are watching". 'I want little girls to believe in infinite possibilities, ' says Jeanette.

NASA's announcement of Epps joining the crew went viral back in 2017. Meanwhile, the would-be space voyager will assume duties at the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

"A number of factors are considered when making flight assignments; these decisions are personnel matters, for which NASA doesn't provide information", NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said.

Nasa offered no explanation behind the choice to expel her from the Expedition 56/57 mission.

Jeanette Epps, a USA astronaut born in Syracuse, has her doctorate in aerospace engineering, which she completed in 2000.

She received her PhD in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland in 2000, and worked in the Central Intelligence Agency for seven years prior to joining NASA, according to her official biography.

Fellow astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor of Colorado will take Epps place instead, an agency press release stated. As a medical doctor from Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Auñón-Chancellor has spent more than nine months in Russian Federation supporting medical operations for crew members aboard the space station.