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Mae Jemison

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison

Profession: Astronaut and Physician

United States of America

Biography: Mae Jemison was the 1st African American woman in space in 1993 as a Mission Specialist on the Endeavour (STS-47). An employee of NASA since 1987 Jemison resigned in 1993 to form her own technology company.

Jemison is also the first real life astronaut to appear on the TV programme Star Trek. A long term fan, she guested on a episode in 1993.

Jemison has gone on to become an advocate for young people becoming involved in Science and Technology and is a Professor at Cornell University.

Born: October 17, 1956
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, USA
Age: 65 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra

Historical Events

  • 1992-09-12 Mae Jemison is the 1st African American woman to go into space (aboard Endeavour STS-47)
  • 1993-05-24 Star Trek episode "Second Chances" airs guest starring Mae Jemison, the 1st real life astronaut to appear on the show