About Mae Jemison
Mae Carol Jemison is the first African American woman astronaut. She was admitted to the NASA astronaut training program on June 4, 1987. After training for a year, she officially became an astronaut and became NASA’s science mission specialist. Her job involved doing science experiments related to the crew on the space shuttle.
She first flew into space on September 12, 1992. While in space, she did experiments on herself and other astronauts.
In addition to being an accomplished astronaut, Jemison is the author of several books. She has appeared on many TV programs, including in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was this TV show that was one of Jemison’s first inspirations to pursue a career in science. She watched the show growing up and was inspired by one of the female characters who was played by an African American actress. So at a very early age, she determined that she wanted to pursue a career in science and go to outer space.
In 1977, she graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduating from Stanford, she went on to study medicine at Cornell University and became a doctor in the early 1980s. She worked for several years as a doctor before applying to become a NASA astronaut in 1987. After six years as an astronaut, working at the Kennedy Space Center and going on a mission aboard the space shuttle Endeavor, Jemison left NASA in 1993. She continued her career in science by teaching at Dartmouth College and being involved in various organizations and initiatives that promote science and technology.