On this day in Alabama history: Alabama-born astronaut returns to Earth

On this day in Alabama history: Alabama-born astronaut returns to Earth
Launch day of the STS-47 Spacelab-J mission on space shuttle Endeavour, NASA astronaut Mae Jemison waits as her suit technician, Sharon McDougle, performs an unpressurized and pressurized leak check on her spacesuit at the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center, September 12, 1992. (Image credit: NASA)

September 20, 1992

Astronaut Mae C. Jemison returned to Earth aboard the Endeavour space shuttle. The science mission specialist logged 190 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space. Born in Decatur in Morgan County, Jemison became the first African-American woman to go to space. She has been a tireless advocate for science education and space exploration.

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