NASA announced that astronaut Jessica Watkins will join the crew of Crew Dragon's Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station. Thus, Watkins will become the first black woman to be sent to the ISS.
The other three crew members include Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, as well as European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
Jessica Watkins is a Colorado geologist and graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied large landslides on Mars and Earth. The scientist began her career at NASA as an intern and has worked on NASA's many projects, including the mission of the Curiosity rover. This will be Jessica Watkins' first trip to space in her career. She was selected as an astronaut in 2017.
The first black woman to travel to space was Mae Jamison in 1992.
Crew Dragon-4 crew will be launched to the International Space Station in April 2022 aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is planned that they will spend six months at the space station.