The first black astronaut from the United States Janet Epps was released from the ISS for personal reasons.
Epps, who formerly worked for the CIA, transferred to Johnson space center in Houston in Houston.
In the space Agency noted that it is not necessary to exclude the possibility of sending Janet to the ISS at a future time. Instead, the station will fly an expert on space medicine Serena Onion-Chancellor.
She had previously prepared for the mission as a backup. NASA was going to send Epps to the ISS as flight engineer with the expedition, under the leadership of Andrew Boistelle before been visited on the station.
As expected, she went to the complex together with Sergey Prokopyeva from Russia and German Alexander Gershom.