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

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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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