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September 12, 1992: NASA’s Endeavor Embarks on Mission STS-47

Today in 1992, NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavor (its second trip). It was also the 50th mission of the Space Shuttle program. While the mission itself was mostly for experimentation, it is notable for three of its crew members: Mae Jemison, who became the first African-American woman in space (and the subject of a previous Today Years Ago), and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space. As married couples were previously banned from being crew members of the same flight, Lee and Davis secretly married a few months before the launch. NASA didn't have enough time to cancel or alter…

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May 24, 1993: Star Trek Casts A Real Astronaut

Today in 1993, Star Trek: The Next Generation aired their sixth-season episode "Second Chances." It was Geordi La Forge actor LaVar Burton's directorial debut. It was also the first time a real astronaut was cast as a guest actor on the series. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, was cast as Lt. Palmer. She was good friends with actress Nichelle Nichols (who starred as Comm. Officer Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek series). Jemison has since appeared in several documentaries about Star Trek and, along with LaVar Burton, is part of the 100 Year Starship Initiative, a program dedicated to…

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