NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move

NASA bumps astronaut off June spaceflight in rare move
In this Sept. 16, 2014 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Jeanette Epps participates in a spacewalk training session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In June 2018, Epps was supposed to be the first African-American to live on the International Space Station, but on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, NASA announced it was pulling her off the mission for undisclosed reasons. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP)

NASA has bumped an astronaut off an upcoming spaceflight, a rare move for the space agency so close to launch.

Astronaut Jeanette Epps was supposed to rocket away in early June, and would have been the first African-American to live on the International Space Station. Late Thursday, NASA announced it was pulling Epps off the mission but didn't disclose why. Astronauts have been removed from missions in the past, mostly for health reasons.

Epps, an engineer, will be considered for future space missions, according to NASA.

She's been replaced by her backup, Serena Aunon-Chancellor, a doctor. Both were chosen as astronauts in 2009.

Epps is returning to Houston from Russia, where she'd been training to fly to the space station with a German and Russian. NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said Friday it was a decision by NASA, not the Russian Space Agency.

African-American astronauts have visited the space station, but Epps would have been the first to live there. Space station crews typically stay for five to six months. NASA assigned her to the flight a year ago.

NASA bumps astronaut off June spaceflight in rare move
In this Sept. 16, 2014 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Jeanette Epps participates in a spacewalk training session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In June 2018, Epps was supposed to be the first African-American to live on the International Space Station, but on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, NASA announced it was pulling her off the mission for undisclosed reasons. (Robert Markowitz/NASA via AP)

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Jan 20, 2018
Probably was not willing to 'put out', so was replaced by one who does.....maybe.

Jan 20, 2018
Osiris, are you suggesting that Harvey Weinstein is hiding out or moonlighting at mission control?

Jan 21, 2018
Harvey is not the only rapist on the hill. Look at our cuntmander in thief payin ho's right and left while his wife serenely and vacuously watches under her 'Float-us' had covering the emptiness within both of them. And now we have Omarosa reprising the role of Rosemary Woods the tapekeeper in Watergate of the Nix-on-Nixon era.

Jan 21, 2018
I hope she gets her chance. She has been working and studying for this for more than two decades.

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