EDUCATION

Historic NASA Firsts

Andalo was excited to watch the launch of Space X Dragon and Falcon 9 rockets on May 30, 2020.  The crew is Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, both veterans of flight with the Air Force and Marine Corps, respectively.  They were successful in this historic flight launching from American soil for the first time since 2011.

Let’s highlight another historic first when NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison flew on the Shuttle Endeavor for Mission STS-47 in September of 1992. As the first African American female in space, she was a science mission specialist who co-investigated the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission.  The flight was accomplished in 127 orbits of the Earth with Japanese and U.S. life science experiments on board. In 2017 Dr. Jemison became a part of LEGO “Women of NASA”.  Two things we love at the Children’s Museum of Virginia—space and LEGO!   

Check out her official NASA bio here:
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/jemison_mae.pdf

Dr. Mae Jemison – NASA Photo

More fun for kids can be found at NASA’S KIDS CLUB

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