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Women History Month

We Salute Soror Jeanette Epps 

Jeanette Epps Will Be the First Black Female Astronaut on the International Space Station

      Astronaut Jeanette Epps is set to make history in 2024. NASA announced she will join Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada on a six-month mission to the International Space Station making her the first Black woman to do so.

NASA and SpaceX are now targeting 11:16 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 2, 2024 for the launch of the agency’s Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station. Joint teams selected the updated launch opportunity due to unfavorable weather conditions forecast for Friday, March 1, in offshore areas along the flight track of the Dragon spacecraft. High wind and waves along the eastern seaboard have been observed and are forecast to continue through Saturday morning. In the unlikely case of an abort during launch or the flight of Dragon, the wind and wave conditions must be within acceptable conditions for the safe recovery of the crew and spacecraft.

      According to a press release, the Boeing Starliner-1 mission will be Epps's first spaceflight. "I'm super excited to join Suni Williams and Josh Cassada on the first operational Boeing crewed mission to the International Space Station," she said in a video shared to her Twitter feed. "I've flown in helicopters with Suni flying and in the backseat of a T-38 with Josh flying, and they are both wonderful people to work with, so I'm looking forward to the mission."

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