Mae Jemison, first woman of color in space, meeting students in St. Louis this week

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel into space, will be in STL on Wednesday.

Jemison, who now serves as an ambassador for Bayer U.S. "Making Science Make Sense" program, will appear from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Louis Science Center's McDonnell Planetarium.

She will speak to third- and fourth-grade students about her journey from inner-city Chicago to being part of the Space Shuttle Endeavor crew in September 1992. Her current mission is to encourage young students, especially girls, to embrace science and math classes.

Along with her astronautical feats, Jemison also is a physician and a chemical engineer.