Did you that astronaut Joan Higginbotham is a member of Delta Sigma Theta?
Joan Elizabeth Higginbotham is an electrical engineer and a former NASA astronaut. As a mission specialist, she did a mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (mission STS-116) and was the third African American woman to go into space after Mae Jemison and Stephanie Wilson.
With her mission with the crew of the STS-116, Higginbotham logged over 308 hours in space.
Higginbotham was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended Whitney Young Magnet High School before graduating in 1982. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1987, as well as two master’s degrees – one in management science (1992) and another in space systems (1996) – both from the Florida Institute of Technology.
In 2007, Higginbotham received the Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award.