NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins makes history as first Black women on Space Station Crew


NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins is scheduled to fly to space for the first time as part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission launching to the International Space Station.

WASHINGTON (BRPROUD)- NASA has assigned astronaut Jessica Watkins as the first African American women for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission launching to the International Space Station.

Crew-4 launches April 2022, on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, for a six-month science mission aboard the microgravity laboratory, according to the release.

She joins NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, as a crew member for the Crew-4 mission.

Watkins was selected as astronaut for the space project in 2017.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University and a doctorate in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

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