The first Black woman to live and work at the International Space Station (ISS) will join a SpaceX crew mission after April 2022, making her first flight into space. NASA said Jessica Watkins, 33, was assigned to the fourth and final seat on Crew Dragon for SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission. The selection also means Watkins will become the first Black woman to join an ISS crew for scientific research, station maintenance, training, and more over a six-month period. Watkins will fly as a mission specialist with three other colleagues: NASA’s Robert Hines and Kjell Lindgren, and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. Watkins has also been selected for the prestigious Artemis program, which aims to put astronauts back on the lunar surface no earlier than 2025.

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