Mae C. Jemison – Quotes, Facts and Life

Who is Mae C. Jemison?

Mae C. Jemison is an American astronaut and physician who, on June 4, 1987, became the first African-American woman to be admitted to NASA’s astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavor on the STS47 mission, becoming the first African-American woman in space. In recognition of her achievements, Jemison has received several awards and honorary doctorates.

Early age and education

Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. She is the youngest daughter of Charlie Jemison, a roofer and carpenter, and Dorothy (Green) Jemison, an elementary school teacher. Her sister, Ada Jemison Bullock, became a child psychiatrist and her brother, Charles Jemison, is a real estate broker.