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Astronaut, Physician (1956-)

Mae C. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the space shuttle "Endeavor," September 12, 1992 as the first woman of color to go into space.  Now, founder and president of a small advanced technology company and college professor, the space flight was just one of a series of accomplishments for this dynamic woman.  Dr. Jemison served as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut for six years.  As the science mission specialist on the STS-47 Spacelab J flight, US/Japan joint mission, she conducted experiments in life sciences, material sciences, and was a co-investigator of the Bone Cell Research experiment. 

Dr. Jemison resigned from NASA in March 1993.  Dr. Jemisons' current work focuses on the beneficial integration of science and technology into our everyday lives for all on this planet.  To pursue these ideas, she formed The Jemison Group, Inc.  Company projects have included consulting on the design and implementation of solar thermal electricity generation systems for developing countries and remote areas and the use of satellite-based telecommunications to facilitate health care delivery in West Africa.

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Revised: July 18, 2013.