- Name: Mae C. Jemison
- Born: October 17th, 1956
- Died: Alive today
- Education: Stanford University
- Space Agency: NASA
- Missions: STS-47
17 Mae Jemison Facts for Kids
- Mae Jemison was an American astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- Mae Jemison was 1 of 15 people selected to join NASA in the 1987 NASA Astronaut Group 12.
- Mae Jemison was born on Wednesday, October 17th, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama, USA.
- Mae Jemison was the daughter of Charlie Jemison and Dorothy Jemison.
- Mae Jemison graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1977.
- Mae Jemison earned her M.D. degree from Cornell Medical School in 1981.
- Mae Jemison is best known for being the first African American to travel into outer space.
- Mae Jemison was a part of one human spaceflight mission, STS-47.
- STS-47 was a Space Shuttle mission to conduct life and material science experiments via the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
- The STS-47 Space Shuttle mission occurred between September 12th and 20th in 1992.
- Mae Jemison spent a total of 7 days, 22 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space.
- Mae Jemison resigned from NASA in 1993 to start her own company.
- Between 1983 and 1985 Mae Jemison was a doctor in the Peace Corps, serving in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
- In 1993, Mae Jemison appeared in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Second Chances, the 150th episode.
- In 1993, Mae Jemison was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
- In 2017, Mae Jemison received the Buzz Aldrin Space Pioneer Award.
- Mae Jemison holds 10 honorary doctorates at 10 different colleges.
Mae Jemison Pictures
A photo of Mae Jemison sutting up for the STS-47 Space Shuttle mission.
A photo of Mae Jemison aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-47.
A photo of Mae Jemison speaking with a second grader at an event.
Credit: Anne Rayner / Vanderbilt
Additional Resources to Research Mae Jemison
- Biography of Mae Jemison – A thoughtful biography of Mae Jemison and her life.
- Who is Mae Jemison? – Discover who Mae Jemison was and what she did in space on the NASA website.
- Mae C. Jemison – Britannica – Learn more about Mae Jemison and her achievements on the Britannica website.