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Jessica Watkins    

NASA Astronaut; First Black Woman on International Space Station Crew

Jessica Watkins was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Watkins reported for duty in August 2017 and completed two years of training as an astronaut candidate. The Colorado native earned a Bachelor of Science in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University, and a Doctorate in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Watkins conducted her graduate research on the emplacement mechanisms of large landslides on Mars and Earth. She has worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was a science team collaborator for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity.

Watkins is currently assigned to fly to space for the first time as a Mission Specialist on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch in 2022.


NASA Astronaut to Be First Black Woman to Join Space Station Crew
Jessica Watkins, who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2017, is scheduled to fly to the orbital outpost in a SpaceX capsule in April 2022

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