STS-47; September 1992- Mission Specialist on Spacelab-J. Operated materials science and life science experiments on the first joint Shuttle mission with the Japanese during an eight-day mission on Space Shuttle Endeavour. Click here for more on STS-47.
STS-60; February 1994- Mission Specialist on a Spacehab mission. Operated scientific experiments and the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) on the first joint Shuttle mission with the Russians on Space Shuttle Discovery. Click here for more on STS-60.
STS-85; August 1997- Mission Specialist and Payload Commander on a 12-day mission on Space Shuttle Discovery. Operated scientific experiments, deployed and retrieved Christa-Spas satellite, and operated Japanese Small Fine Arm. Click here for more on STS-85.
Vice President and Deputy General Manager - Jacobs Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation (ESSSA) Group at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama.
Program Manager and Senior Tech Fellow - MSFC Safety & Mission Assurances Contract.
Born at Patrick Air Force Base and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Jan Davis has been surrounded by aviation and space her entire life. She followed up her biomedical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology with a mechanical engineering degree from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. During her career, she worked for Texaco and NASA before being selected as an astronaut in 1987. Davis flew on three Space Shuttle missions and continued her NASA career in the Senior Executive Service. After she retired from NASA, she went on to become an industry executive. Now a consultant and speaker, she also enjoys traveling, quilting, exploring the outdoors, and working with her non-profit organization, AstraFemina, to encourage girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers.
Jan also leads the important non-profit organization AstraFeminia, which introduces young women to possibilities in STEM and encourages them to pursue careers in the industry.