Born: October 17, 1956 (Age 55)
Profession: Medical Doctor/Nasa Astronaut/Professor/Humanitarian
On June 4, 1987, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the NASA astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African-American woman in space. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison has received several awards and 55 honorary doctorates.
Ms. Jemison graduated from Morgan Park High School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1973; received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering (and fulfilled the requirements for a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies) from Stanford University in 1977, and a doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University in 1981. She speaks Russian, Swahili and Japanese fluently.
Dr. Jemison completed her internship at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center in July 1982 and worked as a General Practitioner with INA/Ross Loos Medical Group in Los Angeles until December 1982.
Dr. Jemison was the science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J (September 12-20, 1992). STS-47 was a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan. The eight-day mission was accomplished in 127 orbits of the Earth, and included 44 Japanese and U.S. life science and materials processing experiments. Dr. Jemison was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission. The Endeavour and her crew launched from and returned to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In completing her first space flight, Dr. Jemison logged 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds in space.
Dr. Jemison left NASA in March 1993. She accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth from 1995 – 2002. She currently is a professor at large at Cornell University. She also established the Jemison Group, a company that seeks to research, develop and market advanced science technologies.
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