This Phenomenal Woman is Bringing More #BlackGirlMagic to Space!
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Following the highly anticipated Christmas release of the movie Hidden Figures, which tells the story of the very intelligent black women who helped send America to space, NASA has wonderfully announced the crew of Expedition 56.
Set to take off in May 2018, Jeanette J. Epps will be the first African-American astronaut to board the International Space Station as a crew member! (She’s the 13th woman ever!) Veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel will be alongside the flight engineer, and she will also be on board for Expedition 57.
Epps has openly expressed her support for Hidden Figures (entailing the lives of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn), as well as for all of the young women of today who are involved in STEM programs; and those working hard to continue to move space exploration forward.
“If you stay the course, put the time and effort in, it will become seamless eventually,” Epps to young girls in STEM.
Jeanette is originally from Syracuse, NY, and has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering! She was also a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow. Before becoming an astronaut in 2009, she was even recruited by the CIA and worked as an intelligence officer for seven years!
“Each space station crew brings something different to the table, and Drew and Jeanette both have a lot to offer,” Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. “The space station will benefit from having them both on board.”
Here is a video clip of Jeanette highlighting some inspirational points for young girls in STEM: