January - March 1993
Dr. Jemison entered NASA's astronaut program in 1987 and became the nation's first black astronaut. In 1991, she worked as a mission specialist in STS-47, Spacelab-J, a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan to conduct experiments in life sciences and material processing. Prior to her involvement in NASA, Jemison received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Stanford in 1977 and graduated from Cornell Medical School in 1981. She spent four years with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia and later worked as a general practitioner in Los Angeles.
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