Why Was NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps Removed From International Space Station Mission? Racism, Her Brother Says
Last summer, it was announced that NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps would become the first African-American International Space Station crew member, after she was chosen to go on the June 2018 mission.
Of course, we now know that those plans have changed, with news breaking last week that NASA had decided to pull Epps off the team, pushing back the history-making moment for ... whoever knows how long now.
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The news raised eyebrows and murmurs online, especially as there was no reason given for the reassignment. But again, NASA has been tightlipped about the situation, with a spokesperson with the agency only acknowledging that “a number of factors are considered when making flight assignments; these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information.”
However, Epps brother, Henry Epps, went online to lash out, blaming “oppressive racism” he said his sister has faced within the agency.
The post was accompanied with a MoveOn.org petition link for the campaign, “Demand NASA return Dr. Jeanette Epps Back to ISS Mission!!!”
The petition, which does not appear to be started by Epps, has gained 643 signatures since it has been launched.
It was not made clear by Henry Epps’ post if he had spoken to his sister regarding the issue, but it is clear that he has his own thoughts about his sister’s reassignment.
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