NASA assigns first Black woman for astronaut duty on space station

NASA chose Jeanette Epps to be among three astronauts to fly on the first operational crewed mission of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station some time in 2021.

The mission would make Epps the first Black woman to be assigned to an ISS expedition crew, although both former astronauts Stephanie Wilson and Joan Higginbotham were members of space shuttle missions to the ISS. Epps joins Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada who had already been assigned to the mission. A fourth passenger has yet to be assigned. Read more here.