Mae Carol Jemison

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Mae C. Jemison
Born: October 17, 1956 (age 62 years), Decatur, AL
Space missions: STS-47
Nationality: American
Occupation: Physician, College professor, Space career, NASA Astronaut
Time in space: 190 h 30 min 23 s
Selection 1987 NASA Group
On June 4, 1987, Mae C. Jemison became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the NASA astronaut training program.
When Jemison finally flew into space on September 12, 1992, with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, she became the first African-American woman in space.
She spent eight days in space. During her eight days in space, Jemison conducted experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness on the crew and herself. In all, she spent more than 190 hours in space before returning to Earth on September 20, 1992. Following her historic flight, Jemison noted that society should recognize how much both women and members of other minority groups can contribute if given the opportunity.