China to commence selection of astronauts for space station

China to commence selection of astronauts for space station

Jeanette J. Epps PH.D recently graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training.

Without offering any reason and despite the outstanding credentials of the woman, NASA announced that Epps will return to a centre in Houston where she will perform other tasks.

Expedition 54 Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA will lead the excursion, joined by Flight Engineer Scott Tingle. Both were chosen as astronauts in 2009.

She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2002.

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In the space operation, which will be released in June, will be Serena Auñón-Chancellor, a white astronaut who also has extensive experience. She then went to the University of Bath in England for a master's degree in aerospace engineering, followed by the University of Bristol in England for a master's degree in global relations.

Jeanette Epps was set to head to the ISS after launching from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, along with the German European Space Agency (Esa) astronaut Alexander Gerst and the flight's commander, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopev.

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"We plan to select suitable candidates from space industry companies, research entities and universities and train them into engineers and payload specialists capable of working on the space station", he said during an open day at Beijing's Astronaut Center of China. Auñón-Chancellor has spent over nine months in Russian Federation where she supported medical operations for space station crew members.