The Privilege to Launch
Published May 23, 2018
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    After the Soviet Union launched the first woman to space in 1963, the U.S. waited over twenty years to do the same. Despite their proven fitness to live and work in the space environment, women were not considered for early NASA missions. Decades later, the NASA astronaut corps still faces diversity challenges. Poised to become the first African American to complete a full-duration mission to the International Space Station, astronaut Jeanette Epps was pulled from her launch in 2018.
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