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
Time in space
Selection 2009 NASA Group
Missions -

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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