NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps, who was slated to end up noticeably the primary dark group part to live on load up the International Space Station, was startlingly pulled from her June flight.
In a short news discharge Thursday, NASA declared that Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a kindred individual from Epps’ space explorer class who was planned to dispatch later in the year, would be knock up to have Epps’ spot. Epps, who had just begun preparing for her part on Expedition 56-57, will come back to Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she will be a possibility for future teams.
NASA did not give a clarification for the group change. Be that as it may, Epps’ sibling faulted prejudice at the space office.
“My sister Dr. Jeannette Epps has been battling against harsh prejudice and misanthrope in NASA and now they are holding her back and enabling a Caucasian Astronaut to have her spot!” Henry Epps wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. (The post has since been expelled.) He connected to a MoveOn.org appeal to requesting that NASA restore Epps.
In an email, Epps said she couldn’t remark on her sibling’s post or the explanation behind the team change and cleared up that neither she nor anybody in her family made the request.
Epps said that she didn’t have a therapeutic condition or family issue that would have kept her from taking part in the mission and that her abroad preparing in Russia and Kazakhstan had been effective.
NASA similarly declined to remark about Henry Epps’ post yet gave an announcement saying, “Decent variety and consideration are vital to mission accomplishment at NASA and we have a various space traveler corps intelligent of that approach.”
Very late group changes are not uncommon at NASA. Apollo 13 pilot Ken Mattingly was broadly pulled from his central goal days before dispatch subsequent to being presented to German measles. It’s additionally regular for NASA to give restricted clarifications for these progressions, which may include private restorative reasons or other delicate data.
Epps, who has a PhD in advanced plane design, was chosen as a NASA space traveler in 2009 following seven years of working for the CIA. In a meeting with New York Magazine a year ago, after her noteworthy task to the ISS group was reported, Epps said she felt “an enormous measure of obligation.”
Fourteen African American space travelers have flown in space, and a few have gone to the space station. In 2008, space traveler Leland Melvin was a piece of the space carry group that conveyed the Columbus science research center to the space station. In any case, Epps would have been the first to serve on the ISS long haul.
“As a steward, I need to do well with this respect,” Epps said. “I need to ensure that youngsters realize this didn’t occur incidentally. There was a great deal of work included, and a considerable measure of duty and consistency. It is an overwhelming errand to go up against.”
Nearby Epps, Auñón-Chancellor was one of 14 space explorer hopefuls chose out of exactly 3,500 candidates for NASA’s twentieth space traveler class in 2009. She has a restorative degree and already filled in as a specialist and oversaw therapeutic operations for a scope of NASA missions.
Auñón-Chancellor’s choice was likewise history-production: She will be the primary Hispanic lady to live on the space station.