Jeanette Jo Epps (born November 3, 1970) is an engineer, an CIA intelligence officer, and current NASA astronaut.[1][2][3] Born in Syracuse, New York, Epps lives in Houston, Texas.[1]

Epps holds a bachelor in science degree in physics from Le Moyne College, and an M.S. and Ph.D in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.[1][4][5] After graduating, Epps worked in research at Ford Motor Company, then as a Technical Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.[4]

Epps was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 2009.[1] She qualified as an astronaut in 2011.[4]

On June 10, 2014, NASA announced that Epps would serve as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 18 undersea exploration mission, which began on July 21, 2014 and lasted nine days.[6][7]

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