NASA Bumps Jeanette Epps From International Space Station Crew Ahead Of Launch

by Edgar Hayes January 20, 2018, 0:27
NASA Bumps Jeanette Epps From International Space Station Crew Ahead Of Launch

NASA has removed American astronaut Jeanette Epps from the roster of crew members leaving for the next mission to the International Space Station, just months prior to launch.

Dr. Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew.

Aunon-Chancellor "joined the astronaut corps in 2009 and has been at NASA since 2006, when she became a flight surgeon", according to her biography.

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

"She will be considered for assignment to future missions".

"Before being selected as an astronaut, she spent more than nine months in Russian Federation supporting medical operations for space station crew members, including water survival training in the Ukraine, and served as the deputy lead for medical operations for NASA's Orion spacecraft".

In a meeting with Elle magazine a year ago, Dr Epps stated: "I get extremely energized when I consider being up in space, incompletely in light of the fact that I contrast it with going into a battle region".

She added: "When people come back from space, I see how much they want to go again".

Epps, a former technical intelligence officer with the CIA who holds a aerospace engineering, had been scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in early June, joining Soyuz MS-09 commander Sergey Prokopyev and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst for a planned 143-day stay in space.

Nasa offered no reason for the decision to remove her from the Expedition 56/57 mission. Meanwhile, the would-be space voyager will assume duties at the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. 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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