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Anna Lee Fisher


Anna Lee Fisher is an American astronaut. She also became the first mother to fly in space on the STS-51-A space shuttle mission after being selected by NASA in January 1978. Apart from being a NASA astronaut she is also a chemist, a medical doctor. She is a specialist in emergency medicine.

She was born on August 24, 1949 in New York. Fisher graduated from San Pedro High School, San Pedro, California in 1967 and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California.


Fast Facts: –

  • Her daughter Kristin Anne was just 9 months old when Anna Lee Fisher flew into space aboard the Discovery.
  • She served as the mission specialist in the space shuttle which launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 8, 1984.
  • She was accompanied by 4 other astronauts and they deployed two satellites during the mission.
  • During STS-5, 6 and 7 she served as a physician in the recovery helicopter and also helped to create rescue procedures.
  • From 1996 to 2002, which is also the early phase of building the ISS, Fisher served as the chief of the Space Station branch.
  • During that period, she coordinated inputs to the operations of the space station for the Astronaut Office.
  • STS-51-A completed 127 Earth orbits before landing back at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Anna Lee Fisher had logged a total of 192 hours in space.



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