Jeanette Epps

Jeanette Epps made history in 2017 when she was chosen as the first black female astronaut on the International Space Station. 14 black astronauts -- included 3 black women -- have flown missions into space but none stayed in the International Space Station.

Epps, 47, was set for her first historic mission as a crew member on the Space Station in June 2018. The aerospace engineer was scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz rocket. But on Thursday, Jan. 18, she was dismissed and sent home from her overseas training in Russia.

The news raised eyebrows in the U.S. and abroad, as NASA issued a brief statement saying that "Jeanette Epps will not be a part of the International Space Station crew". NASA did not give an explanation for the crew change.

Epps was replaced by Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a member of her astronaut class who was scheduled to launch later this year.

As Epps' supporters demanded to know why she was dropped, rumors began to swirl within the tight-knit NASA community that Epps was dismissed due to emotional and personality problems.

The speculation prompted her brother, Henry Epps, to blame racism and misogyny -- not mental problems, for his sister's dismissal.

“My sister Dr. Jeannette Epps has been fighting against oppressive racism and misogynist in NASA and now they are holding her back and allowing a Caucasian Astronaut to take her place!” Henry Epps wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post on Saturday.

He linked to a MoveOn.org petition asking NASA to reinstate Epps, according to the Washington Post.

Epps joined NASA's astronaut program in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as an intelligence officer for the CIA for seven years.

According to the Washington Post, Epps will return to Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she will be a candidate for future space missions.

  • Yardgirl

    I need more details from NASA before I can make an assessment of this situation.

  • Ghost

    We probably won't get anything more then what we have....and she's not doing any talking YET!

  • SpillyNillie

    Right. If she did have mental issues then I can see how this could happen. But if she didn't, whats really going on?

  • hottlanta

    A situation like that is quite stressful. Glad she made it that far.

  • Shawty

    Hope shes not discouraged and keep pushing forward. We need trailblazers like her to accomplish the unaccomplished!

  • Shawty

    Mental issues....I'm sure they screen you til they can see your bones before putting on the team. Bogus!!!!

  • Blue

    You can't keep a black woman down.

  • https://www.instagram.com/nymagee/ Ny MaGee

    "Jeanette Epps made history in 2017 when she was chosen as the first black female astronaut on the International Space Station."----> AND THEN they "discovered" her so-called "Mental Issues"???.... BULLSH*T. Don't believe Babylon, guys....

  • Renee26

    Hmmmm so was she also too vocal and labeled "crazy"??

  • You Could Never

    allowing a Caucasian Astronaut

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Okay I dont agree with them labeling her as cray if she isnt. But sir. She was replaced with another minority. Am I missing something? Let me go read again.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    People's mental health changes over time.

  • Renee26

    and an intelligence officer with the CIA...yeah she was vetted a long time ago....peoples mental can change over time but because her brother spoke out about it I don't think that's the case here

  • Renee26

    Lol non-black means white to him...she close enough

  • Phillybruh

    If she is returning back to Houston and will still be considered for future flights then its not mental. Now this I'll boycott Netflix for.

  • datjerk

    id love to know the background for this story. unfortunately, the public may never know the entire truth.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    The replacement is not black/brown. I read her dad is a Cuban exile. She’s likely Spaniard, which isn’t far removed from Anglo. TEA ?? LOL.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Epps was dismissed due to emotional and personality problems.
    __________
    That's code for she clashed with coworkers and called them out on their BS.

  • justlooking

    NASA is announcing an addition to the NASA lineup for upcoming launches, and making changes to some assignments for International Space Station missions in 2018.

    Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who previously was assigned to Expedition 58/59, has been reassigned to the Expedition 56/57 crew, launching in June. She is taking the place of astronaut Jeanette Epps, who will return to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to assume duties in the Astronaut Office and be considered for assignment to future missions. Anne McClain, a member of the 2013 astronaut class, will fly on the Expedition 58/59 crew, launching in November.

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    EPPS will return to Houstin and will ve considered for later assignments. Hmmmm

    Her replacement was Hispanic, probably a dreamer. Anbody but a black.

    But hey remember when last black lady went, damn shuttle blew up. We aint gotta go everywhere. #petty

  • Wreckognize Game

    You think she was the Mo'Nique in the crew? I do

  • Renee26

    Her brother isn't making stuff up...she more than likely complained to him about certain things...the link below is a story about what WOC have been dealing with in astronaut programs

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/11/women-of-color-face-staggering-harassment-in-space-science/?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.4f97b50eeebf

  • Renee26

    Bingo

  • R Smith

    No. "Epps joined NASA’s astronaut program in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as an intelligence officer for the CIA for seven years".

  • Renee26

    She will be the first Hispanic female to go up there and live...they trying to set records

  • Noirluv45

    Yeah, but if she was still "mental," she would not be reconsidered for assignment, right?

  • iWasteTime

    you didn't miss anything.

  • Noirluv45

    Both space shuttles that blew up had Black male astronauts. :(

  • Noirluv45

    I believe it.

  • Brother ain’t lying

    Emotional and mental problems means got tired of, wouldn’t take, their shit. Smh. Black people need a me too movement. We need to expose subtle and blatant racism we experience in the workplace, especially in white/male dominated fields. They just didn’t want that sister there. I want to hear her side of the story.

  • Phillybruh

    Only one did, the challenger had a black male

  • Renee26

    Me too...this happens in most male dominated fields

  • Ms.Vanilla

    No. And I'm not even sure if calling someone the "Mo'Nique" is a compliment. She's ranting and raving and has nothing to do with black women as a whole.

  • Dowoop

    She has mental problems but she may possible go at another time? Something aint right but you right, dont nobody wanna be blown to bits to be remembered.

  • Dowoop

    Yes, those people consider themselves white and look down on black people.

  • justlooking

    Mae Jamison a female with short hair was in 86. My father worked for Nasa back then. I remember it well. The male was in 2006.

  • Dowoop

    2017 wasn't that long ago. Unless something traumatic happened over there that they are not telling us about.

  • Yardgirl

    I agree. We may never get the true story.

  • Yardgirl

    I have seen a highly intelligent person lose it and have a breakdown due to stress. I hope she tells her side of the story.

  • justlooking

    Thats what I am trying to convey iono believe she has memtal problems.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Yes indeed. Many of that persuasion don’t favor anything darker than a brown paper bag.

  • sceutie

    This is in addition to Chernobyl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRXm1evB2Rg
    Polygon radiation testing in Kazahkstan. A difficult watch.

  • sceutie

    Black people should let illegals HAVE the Democratic Party. Enough is enough.

  • justlooking

    Unless she drives cross country in a wet and shitty diaper. Details will be limited.

  • Look@m3

    THIS ^^^^^^^^^

  • Elevated Soul

    I won't be so quick to say this is racism just because her brother,says so.The brother seems a little too involved.Many Blacks have been brainwashed to see racism in everything.

    No doubt it could be racism, but she may have also ran herself crazy because,she put too much pressure on herself.

  • shun king

    thats what i am thinking also those astronauts are put under tremendous pressure they really want to see you crack up on earth before you go into space risking other lives and more importantly to them tens of billions of dollars worth of equipment

  • Shira Harding-James

    Why would they pick her and then send her back, if it was about race?!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Pressure.

  • shun king

    you ever thought about why blacks folks dont go build their own space program so they dont have to deal in white/male dominated fields?..your post sound almost like we as black people cannot build our own space program...

  • Liah

    I want to hear her side of the story....

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm guessing she was bad mouthing the Russian astronauts for Putin's alleged involvement in.. hahaha.. the U.S. election. ?

  • NOT ABOUT RACE!

    I want the FULL story and a read on her mental background, next her brother will be wanting MONEY!

    They picked her, maybe the pressure and she freaked out.

  • Elevated Soul

    ???Nothing would surprise me.

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly....If you can't handle the pressure then you may not be able to handle the job....

    Preparing to go into space is very tedious as it should be. The training is mental and physical.

    Pressure can make you crack especially if you are afraid to fail,as I suspect here.

  • TheOwley

    Latinos are now their vote cows. Blacks to the back of the line.

  • TheOwley

    If a person has a mental health issue, they have no business behind a car, let alone in a flying can in space.

    If she does have issues, NASA cannot say for legal reasons but I wouldn't put it past someone to leak it. That in itself can compromise her future at NASA.

    So what's the other side of this story.

  • Noirluv45

    Columbia, the one that blew up in 2003, had Michael Anderson on board.

  • Noirluv45

    Right. I know of Mae, but I was thinking of the astronauts that died. Ronald McNair died on Challenger in 1986 and Michael Anderson in 2003.

  • Trey

    she prolly had some issues....thats why she has not put out a statement herself....they dont play about going into outerspace...you have to be A1 in all areas

  • shun king

    i would say we need to open our OWN SPACE PROGRAM but due to the fact some many or our kids are guided into the entertainment fields we would not know where to start as a people...now that is the real wake up call....

  • the guest

    I'm just proud of her accomplishments! A black woman in the CIA and NASA, the sister is brilliant.

  • We Can Do This

    I'm sure they put everyone through a rigorous mental health exam before they get that far.

    I'm not buying the mental health card.

  • We Can Do This

    Right, but now unstable.

  • Angela Flowers

    Says the cracker

  • Queen B

    She hasn't spoke out bc they'll kill her ass and for obvious reasons she'll continue to b overlooked for other missions

  • Queen B

    Aint go happen in our lifetime ?

  • Waya Hedia

    OMG.. LOL. Yeah. Shaft In Space!

  • chaisun

    I mean we don't necessarily have ancestral wealth, we are about 400 years behind. As a group of people that are deficient economically, living in a country and a system that was built to flow against us, its easier said than done. We are getting there but it won't happen overnight like it would with our oppresors. Just saying.

  • chaisun

    She probably made them feel "threatened" and "uncomfortable" or "unsafe". Y'all know what I mean.

  • chaisun

    Hispanic is not a race though, the replacement is still a white woman and I am sure she would go out of her way to reassure that to people that think otherwise.

  • shun king

    something of that magnitude money plays a part but it is not the biggest part its more brain power its seems like the white supremacist and blacks them selves have deemed advanced scientists and doctors is more of a white thing and all our efforts go into the get rich quick dream of being some celebrity entertainer....it need to be a refocusing ..now somebody will find a few token blacks that work for nasa and say i am worng but understand this dealing in space exploration and the like requires tens of thousands of advanced physicists and and engineers ....just for the Voyager 1

  • dontgetblocked

    White people don't like Black people!

  • facingrealit1

    I actually worked at NASA/JSC when the Challenger was destroyed and was a very good friend with Ron McNair. NASA sends them through very exhaustive mental/emotional awareness tests prior to any flight as it is important that they don't freak out or cause harm to themselves or fellow crew members as you can't just bring them back home outside the scheduled flight-time once they enter space. More than likely Epps may have shown some type of mental/emotional apprehension or pressure (being the first black female at the space station) that caused NASA to rethink having her in space for an extended period of time.

    Ron was a seasoned astronaut but always said that the thought of being in space could be overwhelming if your head wasn't in the game. I doubt seriously it is racism as Mae Carol Jemison was the first black female to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor on September 12, 1992.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Phawkin saltines....eewuhcck

  • facingrealit1

    I agree with you. More than likely she freaked out as there was a lot of pressure on her being the "first black" female to be at the space station.

  • facingrealit1

    They didn't have to pick her but the fact that they did eliminates your racism argument. More than likely the pressure of being the "first black" female at the space station caused her some type of emotional/mental issue that they could not TRUST in space for an extended period of time. She probably got too emotionally invested which can cause errors. Everyone can't handle the pressure of being in space. - I have first hand knowledge because I worked with astronauts at NASA/JSC for many years.

  • facingrealit1

    Unless you know her brother personally I would not tie my horse to his rantings. NASA didn't have to pick her and they definitely (in this age of continual calls of racism for every move) would not have dropped her unless there was a justifiable reason beyond race. My people - We Shall NOT Overcome as long as we blame racism for everything we disagree with and the Revolution Shall NOT be televised for most of us can't put two intelligent sentences together w/o blaming racism for our shortcomings.

  • facingrealit1

    And this is the best comment I've read ALL YEAR! We must begin to think outside the box of racism to succeed and the democrats are racists!

    https://www.prageru.com/videos/inconvenient-truth-about-democratic-party

  • facingrealit1

    We Shall Not Overcome until we change the way that we do things. It amazes me that we have all these so-called "black" leaders who are working with the whites to continually enslave us. When will we learn to think outside the box and stop believing we have to love a person in order to love what they can do to advance our narrative. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af7d647b524c52c3cbd306175f25ab6fc6675a27f6204d1e8e11f2471a410ea4.jpg

  • facingrealit1

    I worked at NASA/JSC and Ron McNair was the black astronaut in 86 that lost his life on the Challenger. Mae didn't fly until 92.

  • facingrealit1

    I think her brother see all those dollars leaving the family that would have been derived from her being the "first black female" at the space station. I doubt very seriously that she was replaced because she was black.

  • facingrealit1

    The stress of the situation could have been enough to make a replacement. I'm more prone to believe that the pressure of being the "first black female" was perhaps a little overwhelming.

  • TheOwley

    Bravo! But people are stuck on the dem plantation because they are needed to forever remain part of the welfare state just like the gentleman said. A black man with a good job and a family who debates issues using his own mind instead of marching to the beat of democratic drums. It's a dangerous thing.

  • TheOwley

    Bravo! But people are stuck on the dem plantation because they are needed to forever remain part of the welfare state just like the gentleman said. A black man with a good job and a family who debates issues using his own mind instead of marching to the beat of democratic drums. It's a dangerous thing.

  • chaisun

    I am not sure where you live but I am seeing a new generation of Black people that are dedicated to economical wealth, education of various kinds, trades and structural management. I also see them empowering one another and their communities. These could be the building blocks from the older generations as it is hard to break the cycle that was forced on us by white supremacy. With the generalizations and stereotypes that are perpetuated by white media and white world you won't see this and you will focus on the "get rich quick dream" folk. Maybe. perhaps it is you also that should refocus. (No disrespect).

  • shun king

    is it anyway you can verify your claims can i can easily verify mine by the incarceration rates and recidivism rates drop out rate aids rate and poverty rates have only increased ...and due to the fact i used to work in corporate event nationwide and internationally i saw with my own eyes in top intellectual and corporate fields black people are not represented and let me not add the lumber industry,nuclear,armaments,google,microsoft and the list goes on so you tell when did a sea change start happening? or better yet verify it

  • sceutie

    Your comment brings me major joy!!! Surrounded here in a town of PC lemmings. The people that know their own minds and understand history and the mechanisms of propaganda are few and far between. There are bright lights here and there, though. I always relish my conversations with them.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I'm sure there is more to this story, and everything is not about race. However, as a black person, you have to be blemish free, so they saw something they did not like. SMH!

  • MistaO

    Oh please, how many black females you know that DON'T have some type of mental/attitude (personality) problem??

    Yeah, I'd believe NASA on this one...js

  • Dummy

    If you been through hell and back you'd have problems too.

  • Dummy

    Everybody got problems, this isn't a black thing or a woman thing. You got problems too.

  • Brother ain’t lying

    I don’t think that’s possible here but an African country should do that.

  • Brother ain’t lying

    She was not hired by her colleagues who more than likely told all the stories on her. Who do you think they believed? Do you have any idea how women are bullied in male dominated fields? Law & Order SVU just had an episode about a white female pilot for an airline. Now imagine a black female astronaut for NASA...

  • justlooking

    I was wrong.

  • shun king

    its a few Nigeria have launched some satellites

  • MistaO

    Yea, I got problems like, where are my keys....many, too many, females have problems like they allowed themselves to get ran through and now can't think straight ect... stay over there with all them problems>>>>>>>>>

  • GIJoeJones

    I cannot support this statement with enough likes or thumbs. The subtle racism of the white male dominated work place is perhaps the greatest scourge to black people in this country thus far. It is EXCEPTIONALLY hard to become an astronaut and to make it through the training to be space worthy. For her to suddenly be the wrong person for the job is quite suspicious.

  • justlooking

    I was wrong.

  • Renee26

    I don't think it's because she is black, more than likely the system and how they have treated women and minorities

  • Noirluv45

    That's okay. :)

  • Scorpiess

    Why now? Why now indeed? ...

  • Scorpiess

    Hold your head up high 'Eve'. Be proud that you will not be part of the deception.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    "Many Blacks have been brainwashed to see racism in everything."
    Thus they are near blind to the real issue and solutions.

  • Marion Wright

    I'm sure they systematically mobbed her until she finally reacted.

  • Faux Gibbler

    And white people dont? Omg.
    I can't even believe I am responding to your dumbass

  • Faux Gibbler

    I wouldn't wanna go to space. LOL f that.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I'm with you. Me either. Lol