Michael P Anderson Program: Astronaut Joan Higginbotham


Former NASA astronaut Joan Higginbotham speaks to students in the Michael P Anderson Scholars program about her life, career, and experiences aboard the International Space Station. Presented on February 7, 2015 at the Museum of Flight Content Disclaimer The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by the Museum of Flight. The Museum of Flight oversees and hosts guest presentations but should not be held accountable for the information or content that may be found therein. Fair Use & Copyright Disclaimer This video contains materials presented by guest speakers at the Museum of Flight. Presenters have signed agreements indicating they own the copyright or have permissions for the use of this content, and grant the Museum of Flight permission to disseminate this video for educational use. Included within this video may be copyrighted material(s), the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by its owner. The Museum of Flight is making such material available as part of our efforts to advance understanding of matters significant to aviation and aerospace education. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this video is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

Retired NASA Astronaut, Rocket Scientist, Electrical Engineer, & Third African American Woman in Space

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A NASA astronaut, Joan Higginbotham is a trailblazing electrical engineer who in December 2006, flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery to become the third African American woman to travel into space. Over the nearly 13-day mission, she joined the seven-member crew to continue construction of the International Space Station (ISS), embarking on four space walks and operating the station’s robotic arm. Sharing captivating insights from her 20-year distinguished career with NASA, Higginbotham inspires audiences with her personal journey of breaking barriers into space and beyond. Taking groups aboard the International Space Station and sharing her lessons-learned along the way, she highlights the keys to succeeding in her missions – including preparation, perseverance, and never giving up – and how these tactics can be applied to any endeavor.