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Le Moyne Grad Chosen as One of NASA's New Astronauts



Jeanette J. Epps, a member of Le Moyne’s class of 1992, has been selected by NASA for its 2009 astronaut class. Epps holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from Le Moyne. She is one of nine men and women chosen from a field of more than 3,500 applicants.

“This is a very talented and diverse group we've selected,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations. “They will join our current astronauts and play very important roles for NASA in the future. In addition to flying in space, astronauts participate in every aspect of human spaceflight, sharing their expertise with engineers and managers across the country. We look forward to working with them as we transcend from the shuttle to our future exploration of space, and continue the important engineering and scientific discoveries aboard the International Space Station."

Epps, a Syracuse native, serves as a technical intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency.  "The NASA mission has always inspired me because I have a great desire to help further our understanding of the world we live in and the universe," said Epps, who now lives in Fairfax, Va.

"We are extremely proud and excited that Jeanette has been selected by NASA for this magnificent honor," said Le Moyne Provost Linda LeMura, Ph.D. "She is a shining example of the quality graduates Le Moyne is known for, and a tribute to the world-class faculty who teach at the College."

Epps will begin training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in August.

Click here to view the press release from NASA on Epps’ selection to the 2009 class.

posted on: 6/29/2009