NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins floats above Earth in a stunning new photo from the International Space Station.
Watkins spear to the orbiting laboratory on April 27 as part of SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission, making history as first black woman embark on a long-duration spaceflight. She is currently a Mission Specialist, aiming to observe and photograph Earth’s geological features and conduct various scientific experiments alongside her teammates.
Monday (May 9), NASA shared a new photo of Watkins in the space station’s cupola, which provides the perfect vantage point for astronauts living and working aboard the orbiting laboratory. The cupola is a domed module with seven windows that face the Earth. The small module not only allows the crew to observe the Earth, but also provides a view of the exterior of the international space stationmaking it easier to monitor robotic activities, approach vehicles, and spacewalks.
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In addition to Watkins, SpaceX’s Crew-4 includes NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Robert Hines and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. The crew is expected to spend six months living and working on the space station.
After the arrival of Crew-4 and the subsequent departure of Crew-3, another SpaceX mission, the station’s Expedition 67 now includes three Russians, three Americans and an Italian astronaut. The crew will work closely together over the next few months, conducting scientific research, station maintenance, training and more.
Crew-4 is Watkins’ first spaceflight. His background includes intensive instruction on space station systems, spacewalks, robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, water and underwater survival training. nature, geology training and expeditionary skills training, NASA wrote in a description of the new photo.
In 2019, she also served as an aquanaut crew member in the Aquarius Underwater Habitat for NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 23 assignments.
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