And the 100th guest locked in for Star Trek Las Vegas is... Dr. Mae Jemison, it was announced today by Creation Entertainment. Dr. Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, guest starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Ensign Palmer in the episode “Second Chances.” LeVar Burton made his directorial debut with the episode.
Dr. Jemison has a background in both engineering and medical research. She has worked in the areas of computer programming, printed wiring board materials, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, computer magnetic disc production, and reproductive biology. Dr. Jemison was selected for NASA's astronaut program in June 1987. Her technical assignments included launch support activities at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; verification of Shuttle computer software in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); and Science Support Group activities. She was the science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J (September 12-20, 1992). STS-47 was a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan. The eight-day mission was accomplished in 127 orbits of the Earth, and included 44 Japanese and U.S. life science and materials processing experiments. Dr. Jemison was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission. The Endeavour and her crew launched from and returned to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In completing her first space flight, Dr. Jemison logged 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds in space. Dr. Jemison left NASA in March 1993.
Upon her departure from NASA, Dr. Jemison accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth. She also established the Jemison Group, a company that seeks to research, develop and market advanced technologies. Dr. Jemison, via The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching nonprofit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building a multi-faceted global community to foster the cultural, scientific, social and technical commitment, support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision: an inclusive, Audacious Journey ( that ) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond. She is also the author of several books including Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life, titles under the Scholastic True Books series on space exploration.