Anna Lee Fisher
Class of 1971, MD 1976, MS 1987
Some working moms love their commute.
Chemist, medical doctor and NASA astronaut, Anna Lee Fisher became the first mother in space when she embarked on mission STS-51A on the space shuttle Discovery. Prior to orbiting the earth, Fisher came to a place that was a hub for pushing into new frontiers-UCLA. Here she earned her BS and a doctor of medicine degree. After logging 192 spaceflight hours, Fisher returned to UCLA to get her MS in chemistry. Since then, Fisher has taken time away to raise a family, returned to NASA to serve as Branch Chief of Operations, Training and Programs in the Astronaut Office, and is currently awaiting an assignment as a crewmember aboard the International Space Station.