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First black female assigned to International Space Station pulled from mission

First black female assigned to International Space Station pulled from mission”

The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch.

For example, a shutdown will not leave the three NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) high and dry.

The space agency's announcement stopped short of explaining why Epps was removed in the first place. "A number of factors are considered when making flight assignments; these decisions are personnel matters, for which NASA doesn't provide information", NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said.

Dr Epps was to have been the main African-American astronaut appointed to the space station group.

Jeanette Epps, conceived in Syracuse, finished a doctorate in advanced plane design in 2000.

Epps is returning to Houston from Russia, where she'd been training to fly with a German and Russian. She received her PhD in aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland in 2000, and worked in the Central Intelligence Agency for seven years prior to joining NASA, according to her official biography.

Nasa offered no explanation behind the choice to expel her from the Expedition 56/57 mission.

Her replacement, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, is a medical doctor from Fort Collins, Colorado.

She was scheduled to fly to the space station about the Russian Sowyuz flight - the primary way in which we ferry a USA astronaut to outer space at this point in time, despite NASA now working with Boeing and SpaceX to reduce the country's reliance on Russian infrastructure. Auñón-Chancellor is a medical doctor from Fort Collins, Colorado, who has spent over nine months in Russian Federation as support staff for medical operations for space station crew members.



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