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Jesuit-Educated Astronaut to Make History

Jan. 11, 2017 - Next year, the Jesuit-educated Astronaut Jeanette Epps will make history by being the first African American to live and work aboard the International Space Station. Epps will leave the Earth's atmosphere in May 2018 and stay aboard the space station for six months.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Epps attended the Jesuit school, Le Moyne College and majored in physics. She would go on to earn her doctorate at the University of Maryland and eventually work at Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, she worked as a technical specialist in the Scientific Research Laboratory where among other things she studied the effects of vibrations on cars. Her work resulted in several shared patents. Epps joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2002 and worked their until she was selected out of more than 3,500 applicants, to be one of 14 members of NASA's 2009 astronaut class. 

In 2016, Epps returned to Le Moyne as the commencement speaker. “Jeanette embodies so many of the attributes of a Le Moyne graduate -- she's incredibly smart, successful, innovative and courageous," said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura about last year's commencement speaker. 





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