NASA sends the first black woman to the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins will soon be the first black woman in history to travel to the International Space Station (ISS).

Watkins is one of four astronauts to travel to the International Space Station on the Crow 4 SpaceX mission.

This will be Watkins’ first trip to space, and he has completed six months of specialized science courses. Crow 4 is scheduled to begin its journey on April 22, 2022 with the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket.

Who is Jessica Watkins?

Watkins was born in Maryland but considers Colorado his birthplace.

The astronaut studied at Stanford University in Earth Sciences, Energy and Environment and received his PhD in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UC).

Geology is the study of the structure of the earth and the materials in it, and Watkins says, “My astronaut friends jokingly call me a boulder.” (A language game with rock that refers to music and means rock).

Dr. Watkins was selected to join NASA astronauts in 2017, after which he completed a two-year training course for NASA astronaut volunteers.

In the course of astronaut training and preparation, he passed flight training, nature survival training and various space walking exercises.

In recent years he has worked with the scientific team of the Curiosity (Curiosity) rover.

Watkins goes to rugby, basketball, soccer, skiing, and watching movies and writing if he has time to prepare for space.

Woman history maker

Watkins told the New York Times he hoped his trip to space would be a “model for participation and advancement” for young girls of color.

Watkins has followed in the footsteps of many African Americans who have made history in the field of aerospace.

Guyon Blueford was the first African American to go on a mission in 1983.

The first African-American woman to go into space in 1992 was Dr. May Carol Carl Jameson.

After him in 1995, Bernard Harris was the first African-American to embark on a spacewalk or extraterrestrial activity.

Mission

Watkins with two NASA astronauts Kiegel Ann. Lindgren and Robert Hines and Samantha Christoforti, astronauts of the European Space Agency (ISAA) are participating in this mission.

The International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting the Earth for more than 21 years. The astronauts work and live at the station, conducting scientific and research experiments, testing new technologies, and conducting research that is not possible on Earth.

Mary Jackson; NASA names its headquarters after the first female black engineer

NASA is set to name its Washington headquarters after Mary Jackson, the organization’s first black female engineer.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein says Ms. Jackson has helped break down barriers for African-American women in engineering and technology.

Mary Jackson’s life story is featured in the 2016 film Hidden Figures. He was born in Hampton, Virginia and died in 2005.

Last year, NASA renamed the street outside its headquarters as the Hidden Figures Way.

“There is no further secrecy,” Bridenstein said in a statement.

“Mary Jackson was part of a very important group of women who helped NASA send American astronauts into space,” Mr Bridenstein added.

“Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break down barriers and open up opportunities for African Americans, women and women in engineering and technology,” she said.

The move comes at a time when the debate over the historical injustices suffered by African Americans across the United States is ongoing.

Recently, the death of 46-year-old black George Floyd while in police custody sparked widespread protests around the world and re-emerged calls for an end to systematic racism.

NASA began hiring some African American educated women as “human computers” in the 1940s, but they experienced both racial and gender discrimination in the workplace.

Mary Jackson was hired in 1951 by the National Space Advisory Committee. He worked in the Computing Unit in Langley, Virginia, under Dorothy Wagon, whose story was also told in Hidden Numbers.

Jackson died in 2005 but was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2019.

His daughter, Caroline Lewis, said her family is proud that NASA continues to honor Mary Jackson’s legacy.

“She was a scientist, a philanthropist, a wife and a mother who paved the way for the success of thousands of others, not just at NASA but across the country,” she said.