On August 25th 2020, NASA released the news of assigning Astronaut Jeanette Epps to Boeing Starliner-1 mission, the first operational crewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station. Starting from then her twitter account were flooding with wishes and appreciations from fellow astronauts and the Starliner spacecraft crew. Epps will join other two astronauts in this mission, for a six-month expedition planned for a launch in 2021 to the orbiting space laboratory. Epps has not yet flown to space, but the Starliner-1 mission could make her the first Black person to live and work aboard the International Space Station for months at a time. The Starliner-1 mission could prove especially important to Epps’s career in that she is one of the 16 active female astronauts in NASA’s corps who may return humans to the moon .”it is mind-blowing to think about being the first woman to step on this object that you see in the night sky and I would hope that my mission would inspire the next generation of women, of all engineers and all scientists to kind of propel us forward, even beyond Mars” – She said in an interview to a magazine last year.

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