It could be a rapid de-pressurization. She is adding herself to a long line of women, from her mother to Sally Ride to Mae Jemison, a chain of progress, leading from one woman to the next. Sick of seeing sidelined heroines, these playwrights are rewriting classics like ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Dracula’ to reinvent the female characters. Epps observed, “It’s not what people think it is. “I never wanted to be the first anything,” she tells me. The Vertical Flight Society. You never get stuck in one place. This step-by-step approach characterizes everything Epps does. She did write that no medical condition or family problem was to blame, the Washington Post reported Monday. Without ever having gone to space, Epps is already conscious of this. I was thinking, ‘Here’s a whole different career, a whole different life, and you really have to gear up for it and be ready for it.” Epps’ assignments have included serving as CAPCOM — capsule communicator — in space station mission control and representing the astronauts on the station’s generic joint operations panel. “I don’t know why that was exactly, but when I was nine years old, my brother came home from RIT [Rochester Institute of Technology] for the summer. Her mother, who divorced after having seven children, raised them more or less single-handedly with only a high school education. After completing her training, Epps was ready to go into space. You have exams, you study for them, you try to do your best on them, and you’re working toward an end goal — it could be a degree or whatever, in this case it was a launch — and it was all ultimately doable.”. “And not only is it not over, but you can have an even stronger voice in the face of some kind of adversity.”. Jeanette J. Epps was born on November 2, 1970 and is 49 years old now. The family's roots were out West: her mother, Rose Mary, was the daughter of an Arizona cattle rancher, and married an Air Force officer named Rex Walls in 1956. Please complete the form below. “There were amazing people applying, absolutely phenomenal people. She encouraged her children to go to school for as long as possible, read as much as possible and become as educated as they could. Epps was slated to become the first African American to live on board the International Space Station. Change comes in small steps. (NASA ended up replacing Epps with Serena Auñón-Chancellor, an astronaut who became the first Hispanic woman to live on the ISS.) BBC announced the next star of ‘Doctor Who.’ Is it a sign sci-fi is finally more diverse? “At that moment, I decided to just go with the flow, and exam after exam, things got better,” Epps says.