ST. LOUIS, Mo. _Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, is in St. Louis today. She will meet with middle school students at the St. Louis Science Center to discuss the impact science made on her life.
In her speech, Dr. Jemison will urge students to study careers in S.T.E.M., science, technology, engineering and math. She joined us live on FOX 2 News in the Morning with more.
Dr. Jemison, a graduate of Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Illinois, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University in 1977. She spent time studying in Cuba, Kenya and Thailand before obtaining her M.D. from Cornell University in New York in 1981.
In the early stages of her career, she worked as a general practitioner and as a medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Jemison made her career change in 1985, after returning to the United States. In 1986, she applied for admission to NASA's astronaut training program. After being chosen, she became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the program and earned the title, Science Mission Specialist.
On September 12, 1992, Dr. Jemison, along with six other astronauts, flew into space aboard the Endeavour. During her eight day mission, she was responsible for conducting experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness.
In addition to being the first woman of color in space, Dr. Jemison is a physician, scientist, engineer, explorer and futurist. She serves as an ambassador for the Bayer U.S. "Making Science Make Sense" program.
Astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison at St. Louis Science Center
10 a-2 p
James S. McDonnell Planetarium
5050 Oakland Avenue