Mae Carol Jemison Facts

Mae Carol Jemison Facts
Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.
Interesting Mae Carol Jemison Facts:
Mae Carol Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama but her family moved to Chicago when she was three years old to take advantage of better educational opportunities.
In 1973 she graduated from Morgan Park High School and received a National Achievement Scholarship to Stanford University.
She was involved in many student activities including dance and theater productions.
She was active in the Black Student Union.
In 1977 she received her B.S. in chemical engineering and won admission to Cornell University Medical College.
While in medical school she studying in Cuba, Kenya and worked at a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand.
In 1981 she earned her M.D. and spent two and a half years as the Peace Corps medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
She returned to the U.S. in 1985 and applied to the astronaut training program.
On June 4, 1987 she became the first African-American woman admitted to the astronaut training program.
She finally flew on September 12, 1992 aboard the Endeavour space shuttle where she conducted experiments on the effects of weightlessness and motion sickness on the crew.
She returned on September 20, 1992 after more than 190 hours in space.
In 1988 she received the Essence Science and Technology Award, the Ebony Black Achievement Award in 1992 and was named Gamma Sigma Gamma woman of the Year in 1990.
She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Chemical Society and from 1990 to 1992 served on the board of directors of the World Sickle Cell Foundation.
She resigned from NASA in 1993 and accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth College.
Her company, the Jemison Group, researches, develops and markets advanced technologies and their application to daily life.

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