NASA deprives a black woman astronaut of duty
- January 22, 2018
Jeanette Epps who was set to become the first black astronaut to serve as long-term crew member aboard the International Space Station has been withdrawn from the mission, Nasa said.
The space agency said on Thursday it had pulled Jeanette Epps from a flight scheduled to launch in June, and will send Serena Auñón-Chancellor in her place.
The space agency hasn’t released any information about why Epps was benched from her planned mission, saying only that “these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information,” according to NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean. Epps will now work in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center and await another possible flight assignment.