NASA Makes History by Adding First Black Crew Member to International Space Station

NASA Makes History by Adding First Black Crew Member to International Space Station

Overview

On the eve of the wide release of the Black female space scientists film “Hidden Figures” on Jan. 6, NASA revealed it is gearing up to add the first Black crew member to the International Space Station.

The independent agency announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, that Jeanette Epps will join long-time astronaut Andrew Feustel as he commands the 56th expedition of the ISS in March 2018. During the mission, Epps, who formerly worked for the CIA as a technical intelligence officer, will serve as a flight engineer and continue her work during the 57th expedition.

“Each space station crew brings something different to the table, and Drew and Jeanette both have a lot to offer,” said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Houston-based Johnson Space Center. “The space station will benefit from having them on board.”

On the eve of the wide release of the Black female space scientists film “Hidden Figures” on Jan. 6, NASA revealed it is gearing up to add the first Black crew member to the International Space Station.

The independent agency announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, that Jeanette Epps will join long-time astronaut Andrew Feustel as he commands the 56th expedition of the ISS in March 2018. During the mission, Epps, who formerly worked for the CIA as a technical intelligence officer, will serve as a flight engineer and continue her work during the 57th expedition.

“Each space station crew brings something different to the table, and Drew and Jeanette both have a lot to offer,” said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Houston-based Johnson Space Center. “The space station will benefit from having them on board.”