Why NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps waited an extra 6 years for an ISS space mission

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps had an unusual path to space: She waited an extra six years to fly.

Epps will finally fly to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than Saturday night (March 2) on the SpaceX Crew-8 mission for NASA, performing the second long-duration mission by a Black woman on the orbiting complex. But Epps was supposed to get there as soon as June 2018; that timeline was delayed twice, following reassignments from Russia’s Soyuz and Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.

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