그녀는 4월에 우주로 발사될 예정이다. 2022 SpaceX Crew-4 임무에서, NASA에 따르면
The team will blast into space from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, 플로리다, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The astronauts will spend six months in the ISS microgravity laboratory conducting scientific research, NASA said.
Watkins attended Stanford University in California and earned her bachelor’s degree in geological and environmental sciences, then went on to earn a doctorate in geology from the University of California, 천사들.
The astronaut has a long history with NASA, having begun her career there as an intern, and she previously held roles at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, 캘리포니아, and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, 캘리포니아.
She was a member of the science team for the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, while working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
“Geology provided a means for me to study the surface of another planet and particularly look at Mars
, which was my passion
,” Watkins said in a NASA video.
A number of her NASA colleagues congratulated Watkins on her new role and upcoming trip to space.
NASA astronaut Jonny Kim said, “More Turtles in space! Congrats to my friend and teammate, Jessica Watkins. She’s going to be an amazing crewmate for @SpaceX Crew-4.”
Kathy Lueders, lead of NASA’s human spaceflight program as associate administrator for the Space Operations Mission Directorate, 말했다, “Congrats to @NASA_Astronauts’ Jessica Watkins! She’s been chosen to join @astro_kjell, @Astro_FarmerBob, and @esa’s @AstroSamantha on the upcoming @SpaceX Crew-4 mission, the fourth crew rotation flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the @Space_Station.”
A history of trailblazers
Countless people of color paved the way over the past half a century for Watkins to achieve her extraterrestrial dreams.
박사. Bernard Harris Jr
. spent decades recruiting minority and female astronauts and would later become the first Black person to walk in space
박사. Mae Jemison became the first Black woman in space while aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992.
에 2013, Victor Glover Jr., a legislative fellow in the US Senate, was selected as an astronaut and became the first Black person to hold a long-duration crew assignment on the ISS. He was a crew member from November 15, 2020, 5 월까지 2, 2021.