To date, there have actually been just 19 Black NASA astronauts, 15 of which have actually flown to space. Just three of those were women, and of the four that have never flown to area, 3 have actually been females..
To commemorate Juneteenth after it was made a federal vacation in 2021, NASA shared this picture of Galveston, Texas recorded from the International Spaceport Station in 2013. (Image credit: NASA) NASA is commemorating Juneteenth on Saturday (June 19) with a historical view from space.
Just this past year, NASA astronaut Victor Glover became the first Black astronaut to sign up with the space station crew and stay for an extended period of time on the orbiting lab when he flew as a pilot as part of Expedition 64 with SpaceXs Crew-1 objective which introduced on Nov. 15, 2020..
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Making Juneteenth a federal vacation acknowledges that “( 1) history should be considered a means for understanding the past and resolving the difficulties of the future; and (2) the event of completion of slavery is an essential and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement.
The image shared by NASA was caught by the Expedition 36 crew in 2013 on board the International Space Station. In the image, you can see the cities of Texas lit up brilliant versus the dark night sky, with Galveston noticeable in the lower right corner..
Saturday, June 19 marks Juneteenth, officially Juneteenth National Independence day and likewise understood as Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day and Black Independence Day, which celebrates completion of slavery in the U.S
. The vacation commemorates June 19, 1865– a day when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were finally able to claim their liberty when Union soldiers proclaimed liberty for servants in Texas, more than 2 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a federal order ending slavery. While Lincolns pronouncement released lots of slaves in the U.S., it was at first overlooked by many Confederate states.
To honor the vacation, which was officially made a federal holiday the other day (June 17) by President Joe Biden, NASA shared an image from space of Galveston, Texas shining bright at night..
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