Jeanette J. Epps

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Jeanette J. Epps
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NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Active
Born (1970-11-03) November 3, 1970 (age 46)
Syracuse, New York
Other occupation
Technical Intelligence Officer, Technical Specialist at Ford Motor Company
Selection 2009 NASA Group

Jeanette Jo Epps (born November 3, 1970) is an American aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Jeanette Epps was born in Syracuse, New York.[1] She graduated from Le Moyne College with a bachelor in science degree in physics, and earned an M.S. and a Ph.D in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.[1][4][5]


After graduating, Epps worked in research at Ford Motor Company, then as a Technical Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.[4]

Epps was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 2009.[1] She qualified as an astronaut in 2011.[4]

Epps served as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 18 undersea exploration mission. It began on July 21, 2014 and lasted nine days.[6][7]

Starting in May 2018, Epps will spend up to six months at the International Space Station.[3][8]

On January 5, 2016 NASA announced that Epps is set to become the first African American space station crew member when she launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018, as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, remaining on board for Expedition 57.[9]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ a b c d NASA HQ (June 29, 2009). "NASA Selects New Astronauts for Future Space Exploration". NASA. Archived from the original on August 1, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ NASA (June 29, 2009). "In Their Own Words: Jeanette J. Epps". NASA. Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Lichter-Marck, Rose (2016-07-29). "The Lenny Interview: Jeanette Epps". Lenny. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  4. ^ a b c "JEANETTE J. EPPS: Biographical data". NASA. May 2011. Retrieved 14 Feb 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jeanette J. Epps Oral History". NASA. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "NASA Announces Two Upcoming Undersea Missions". NASA. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ Bergin, Chris (June 11, 2014). "NEEMO returns with two new underwater missions". NASASpaceflight. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ McMahon, Julie (22 April 2016). "NASA's Jeanette Epps, a Syracuse high school grad, to spend 6 months in space". Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  9. ^ Karen Northon (January 4, 2017). "NASA Assigns Upcoming Space Station Crew Members". NASA press release 17-001. Retrieved January 21, 2017. 

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