Mae Jamison is an American astronaut who is also the first African American woman to travel to space. Her full name is Mae Carol Jamison, born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. Mae went to Morgan Park High School. After graduating from high school she attended Stanford University.
Mae had received a double-major in Chemical Engineering and African-American studies. She is also a trained medical doctor and served as a medical officer in the Peace Corps. She worked as a general practitioner in Los Angeles for several years.
Quick Facts: –
- Mae Jamison has a fear of heights but she did not let that stop her from going into space.
- After working in the Peace Corps, she applied to NASA’s astronaut program and in 1987 she was one of 15 people who got selected.
- She flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavouron mission STS47 on September 12, 1992.
- Mae Jamison returned on September 20, 1992 after more than 190 hours in space. She left NASA in March 1993.
- After retiring from NASA Jamison accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth College.
- She also served on the board of directors of the World Sickle Cell Foundation from 1990 to 1992.
- Jamison is also a trained dancer and opened a dance studio in her home.
- In 1993, she made a guest appearance on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- She established The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, named after her mother.