NASA – Jeanette Epps was called to make history. The astronaut was on her way to becoming the first African-American woman in history to be destined for the International Space Station ISS, but this Friday she has been reassigned.
Without offering any reason and despite the outstanding credentials of the woman, NASA announced that Epps will return to a centre in Houston where she will perform other tasks.
“Epps will return to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to take on tasks in the Astronaut Office,” the organisation said in a brief statement , adding that she will continue to be considered for other missions.
In the space operation, which will be released in June, will be Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a white astronaut who also has extensive experience.
Raised in upstate New York, Epps has a doctorate in aerospace engineering.
She spent seven years at the CIA where she served as an intelligence analyst and participated in missions to Iraq. In 2009 NASA recruited her as an astronaut and since then she has risen to the front ranks of the organisation.
“For me, both space and war are dangerous places. But I certainly prefer the dangers of space than to return to a conflict zone, “the African-American woman told conspiracy talk news in 2017. For now, Epps will have to wait.
In its 60 years of existence, NASA has had 16 African-American astronauts. One of them, Charles F. Bolden, who was the first black director of the organisation from 2009 to 2017.