One NASA astronaut is about to make history when she embarks on her journey to the International Space Station.
According to the Huffington Post, Jeanette Epps made history early in 2017 when she announced on Jan. 4 that she will become the first black American to serve in the International Space Station.
“While NASA has sent 14 black astronauts into space over the decades, none have ever stayed aboard the ISS as a crew member,” reports the Huffington Post. “Epps will be the first African American and the 13th woman to call the ISS home since the space station was founded in 1998.”
An astronaut since 2009, HuffPost says Epps will serve as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, which is slated for May 2018, and will remain on staff for Expedition 57. Preparing Epps for her future at the space station is her PhD in aerospace engineering, says HuffPost, as well as her time as a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow — what’s more is that she’s served for seven years as technical intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.
The best part: HuffPost says NASA made the announcement of Epps’ mission just before the wide release of Hidden Figures, which “tells the story of three black women who played pivotal roles in NASA’s successful attempt to put astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.”
Epps wil surely make them proud.