(CBS4) – The first Black woman who will live and work on the International Space Station is from Colorado. Jessica Watkins has been assigned to the upcoming SpaceX Crew-4 mission to the space station, NASA announced this week.

Jessica Watkins

(credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Watkins went to Fairview High School in Boulder and claims Lafayette as her hometown. This will be her first trip to space. Watkins will serve as mission specialist when the crew launches in April for a 6 month science mission aboard the microgravity laboratory.

NASA selected Watkins as an astronaut in 2017.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence poses for a group photograph with NASA's 12 new astronaut candidates on June 7, 2017 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. NASA astronaut candidates, standing from left, Robb Kulin, Jonathan Kim, Robert Hines, Warren Hoburg, Matthew Dominick, Kayla Barron, Jessica Watkins, from left kneeling, Francisco Rubio, Loral O'Hara, Jasmin Moghbeli, Zena Cardman, and Raja Chari.

Jessica Watkins is seen at the top right in 2017 with other astronaut candidates as they meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. (credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

Last year at Johnson Space Center in Houston she participated in the graduation ceremony for NASA’s astronaut training program.

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins waves at the audience during the astronaut graduation ceremony at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020.

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins waves at the audience during the astronaut graduation ceremony. (credit: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images)

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins shakes hands with former astronaut Patrick G. Forrester during the astronaut graduation ceremony at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020.

Jessica Watkins shakes hands with former astronaut Patrick G. Forrester. (credit: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images)

Two other NASA astronauts will be Crew-4 mission members — Kjell Lindgren and Robert Hines — and a European Space Agency astronaut will also be on the crew.

Humans “have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth Orbit, advancing scientific knowledge, demonstrating new technologies, and making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth” for 21 years, according to NASA.

Jesse Sarles