Astronaut Jeanette Epps set to make history as first African-American to board the ISS
American astronaut Jeanette Epps is seen in this undated handout photo. (NASA)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, January 9, 2017 7:57AM EST
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- NASA has selected a central New York woman for a mission to space that will make her the first African-American woman to work as a crew member on the International Space Station.
Syracuse native Jeanette Epps will serve as a flight engineer for Expeditions 56 and 57, the first of which is scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan in May 2018.
The Corcoran High School graduate has been working toward travelling to space since she became one of just nine people chosen for NASA's 20th astronaut class from a pool of 3,500 applicants in 2009.
Epps earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Le Moyne College in 1992 and completed a master's of science in 1994. She received her doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland in 2000.
Inside the Soyuz trainer with comms instructor Andre and Julia. ✌️ pic.twitter.com/L2V7R6dPDW— Jeanette J. Epps (@Astro_Jeanette) December 10, 2016
Culmination of a great week of training in Star City. pic.twitter.com/gUU1y319fM— Jeanette J. Epps (@Astro_Jeanette) December 10, 2016