Mae C. Jemison (1956 - )
On September 12, 1992, Mae C. Jemison of Chicago, Illinois became the first black woman to travel into outer space on NASA Mission STS-47 aboard the Endeavour. Before joining NASA in 1987, she received her bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and her doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University. On Mission STS-47, Jemison served as a Science Mission Specialist on the Space Lab J mission. This was a joint operation between United States and Japan. The laboratory held round-the-clock experiments that have added to fundamental knowledge about the behavior of crystals, fluids and human exposure to a weightless environment.
- Article is excerpted from the NWHM Fall 2006 Newsletter
- PHOTO: National Aeronautics and Space Administration