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Electrical Engineer & Former NASA Astronaut; Third African-American Woman To Go Into Space

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Joan Higginbotham is an electrical engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 as a mission specialist and is the third African-American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison and Stephanie Wilson.

Higginbotham began her career in 1987 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida an aerospace technologist, colloquially known as a rocket scientist. She actively participated in 53 space shuttle launches during her nine-year tenure at Kennedy Space Center.

In 1996, Higginbotham was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate and reported to the Johnson Space Center. During her time at NASA, she logged over 308 hours in space, having completed her first mission with the crew of STS-116, where her primary task was to operate the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).

In November 2007, Higginbotham retired from NASA in order to pursue a career in the private sector. Today, she serves as director of program management at Collins Aerospace.

Higginbotham received the Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Southern Illinois University, as well as a master's degree in management science and a master's degree in space systems, both from the Florida Institute of Technology. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Joan Higginbotham

Electrical Engineer & Former NASA Astronaut; Third African-American Woman To Go Into Space

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Joan Higginbotham Biography

Joan Higginbotham is an electrical engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 as a mission specialist and is the third African-American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison and Stephanie Wilson.

Higginbotham began her career in 1987 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida an aerospace technologist, colloquially known as a rocket scientist. She actively participated in 53 space shuttle launches during her nine-year tenure at Kennedy Space Center.

In 1996, Higginbotham was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate and reported to the Johnson Space Center. During her time at NASA, she logged over 308 hours in space, having completed her first mission with the crew of STS-116, where her primary task was to operate the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).

In November 2007, Higginbotham retired from NASA in order to pursue a career in the private sector. Today, she serves as director of program management at Collins Aerospace.

Higginbotham received the Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Southern Illinois University, as well as a master's degree in management science and a master's degree in space systems, both from the Florida Institute of Technology. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  • How to book Joan Higginbotham?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Joan Higginbotham for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Joan Higginbotham, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Joan Higginbotham or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Joan Higginbotham?

    Booking fees for Joan Higginbotham, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Joan Higginbotham, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Joan Higginbotham?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Joan Higginbotham for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joan Higginbotham for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Joan Higginbotham or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Joan Higginbotham or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Joan Higginbotham is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Joan Higginbotham for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Joan Higginbotham generally travels from Charlotte, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, Leland Melvin, Danielle Feinberg, Emily Calandrelli and Yvonne Cagle. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joan Higginbotham for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Joan Higginbotham: Stress
    An astronaut's inspiring and winding road to space | Joan ...
    While working for NASA as an electrical engineer (aka rocket scientist) preparing 53 shuttles for successful launches she applied to be an astronaut. In December of 2006, Mrs. Higginbotham became the...
  • Astronaut Joan Higginbotham
    NASA Astronaut Joan Higginbotham
    Joan Higginbotham talks about how she became a NASA astronaut and her experiences in space in this "In Their Own Words" video.

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