Mae Jemison

By. Tyler Gray

Mae C. Jemison  

Mae C. Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. She still considers Chicago, Illinois, to be her hometown. She was interested in many recreational activities such as traveling, photography, skiing, graphic arts and collecting African Art. Her parents are Charlie and Dorothy Jemison, they reside in Chicago. Mae C. Jemison graduated from Morgan Park High School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1973; she received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1977, and a doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University in 1981. Dr. Jemison was selected for the astronaut program in June 1987. Her technical assignments since then have included: launch support activities at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; verification of Shuttle computer software in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); Science Support Group activities.

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 does not have any kids. She speaks fluent Russian, Japanese, and Swahili, as well as English. She also has a school in Detroit, MI called Mae C. Jemsion Acadamy that is named after her. Below you will find some photos of her.


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