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Meet Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison is today’s featured scientist in the spotlight. Mae Jemison was born in Alabama in 1956, and grew up in Illinois. She became interested in science as a young student, and excelled in school. She started college when she was just 16 years old, and earned degrees in chemical engineering and African-American studies from Stanford University.

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Doctor, Peace Corps Volunteer, Astronaut

Mae attended Cornell University and became a medical doctor in 1981.  After practicing medicine and serving in the Peace Corps, Dr. Jemison realized a childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. Dr. Jemison is the first African-American woman to travel to space. In 1992, she was part of the crew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. The mission control console at ScienceWorks was used by NASA during the launch of Dr. Jemison’s mission.

After leaving NASA, Dr. Jemison continued to advocate for education as a teacher and entrepreneur. She now heads the 100 Year Starship program, which aims to realize interstellar human travel within a century.

More facts about Dr. Jemison

  • Dr. Jemison speaks English, Japanese, Russian, and Swahili.
  • She is a photographer and jazz dancer.
  • On her shuttle mission, she orbited Earth 126 times.

You can download, print, and color in this pdf: Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Sheet