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Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

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The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch.Dr Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew.She would have flown aboard a Russian Soyuz flight in June but is being replaced by another astronaut.Nasa has not given a reason for withdrawing her but says she will be considered for future missions.Jeanette Epps, born in Syracuse, completed a doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2000. After graduating, she worked in a laboratory for two years before being recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).She worked as a technical intelligence officer for seven years before being selected as a member of Nasa's 2009 astronaut class. Her time with the C...
NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move

NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move

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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 She's been replaced by her backup, Serena Aunon-Chancellor, a doctor.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...
Astronaut shocked after growing 9cm in space

Astronaut shocked after growing 9cm in space

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A Japanese astronaut living on board the International Space Station has expressed his shock at growing 9cm (3.5in) since arriving in space three weeks ago.Lieutenant Norishige Kanai said on social media that he was concerned he wouldn't fit into the spacecraft that would return him to Earth.Lt Kanai, 41, was selected as an astronaut candidate by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2009.He launched as JAXA's crew representative on Expedition 54 to the International Space Station (ISS) in December.Lt Kanai tweeted: "Good morning, everybody. I have a major announcement today. We had our bodies measured after reaching space, and wow, wow, wow, I had actually grown by as much as 9cm!"I grew like some plant in just three weeks. Nothing like this since high school. I'm a bit worried...
John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

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US astronaut John Young, who flew to the moon twice and commanded the first ever space shuttle mission, has died aged 87, Nasa said."Today, Nasa and the world have lost a pioneer," agency chief Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. Young was the only person to have flown missions on the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programmes.He also once famously smuggled a corned beef sandwich on to a space flight as a gift for a fellow astronaut.Young retired in 2004 after a 42-year career. Nasa said he died on Friday following complications from pneumonia.Skip Twitter post by @NASAWe're saddened by the loss of astronaut John Young, who was 87. Young flew twice to the Moon, walked on its surface & flew the first Space Shuttle mission. He went to space six times in the Gemini, Apollo & Space...
First black astronaut honored on 50th anniversary of death

First black astronaut honored on 50th anniversary of death

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America's first black astronaut, Air Force Maj. Robert Lawrence Jr., finally got full honors Friday on the 50th anniversary of his death. Several hundred people gathered at Kennedy Space Center to commemorate Lawrence, who almost certainly would have gone on to fly in space had he not died in a plane crash on Dec. 8, 1967. The crowd included NASA dignitaries, astronauts, fellow Omega Psi Phi fraternity members, schoolchildren, and relatives of Lawrence and other astronauts who have died in the line of duty. Lawrence was part of a classified military space program in the 1960s called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, meant to spy on the Soviet Union. He died when his F-104 Starfighter crashed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was 32. Astronauts at Friday's two-hour ceremony said La...