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Former astronaut Mae Jemison drops by ‘Sesame Street’ on Thursday (exclusive sneak peek video)

Home News Entertainment Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison guest stars (in animated form) on “Sesame Street” on Jan. 27, 2022. (Image credit: Sesame Workshop) The “Sesame Street” friends got a pretty good guide to lead them on their latest space adventure.Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison guest stars on the latest episode of “Sesame Street,” which airs…


Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison guest stars (in animated form) on

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison guest stars (in animated form) on “Sesame Street” on Jan. 27, 2022.
(Image credit: Sesame Workshop)

The “Sesame Street” friends got a pretty good guide to lead them on their latest space adventure.

Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison guest stars on the latest episode of “Sesame Street,” which airs Thursday (Jan. 27) on HBO Max.

She appears in an 11-minute clip that also features “Sesame Street” residents Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby. The Muppets team up to play a video game in space that requires them to be animated avatars. This includes completing a mission set out by Jemison.

Related: Mae Jemison’s astronaut biography

“Greetings, Astro Team Alpha!” the animated Jemison, clad in a spacesuit and standing next to her rocket on the moon, tells Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby.

“It’s time to go home, but my rovers, which I drive to explore the moon, are way over there,” she adds, pointing to three lunar vehicles parked on the gray dirt. Your mission, astronauts, is to drive the rovers back from the rocket ship before it’s too late to launch for home. Can you do it? “

Elmo and Abby express excitement and confidence, but Cookie Monster has a slightly different response: “It sound a little complicated, but me give it try. “

Acing this mission will require teamwork and problem-solving skills. To see if the Muppets are able to pull this off, you’ll need to see the whole clip and not just the two-minute teaser.

Jemison has never been to the moon in real life, but she does have a trip to Earth orbit under her belt. In September 1992, she became the first African-American woman ever to reach space, spending eight days in the final frontier on the STS-47 mission of the space shuttle Endeavour.

She left NASA in March 1993 and has done a variety of interesting things since. For example, Jemison, a trained medical doctor, taught environmental studies at Dartmouth for seven years and led the 100-Year Starship project, a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiative that aimed to spur the research and technology development needed to help make human interstellar flight a reality within the next century.

Jemison has also long been a strong advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and for science in general. She’s written multiple books. She’s also appeared on TV in high-profile appearances. In 1993, for instance, she guest starred on an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation. “

Jemison led a very interesting life before reaching space as well. For example, while attending medical school at Cornell University, she provided care to needy people in Cuba, Kenya and Thailand. She also worked as a medical officer for the Peace Corps in West Africa in the early 1980s.

“Sesame Street” is currently in its 52nd season. New episodes air every Thursday on HBO Max, and the season will stream for free on PBS Kids this fall.

Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or on Facebook.

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Mike Wall

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com and joined the team in 2010. Although he focuses on exoplanets and spaceflight, he has also been known to be interested in space art. His book about the search for alien life, “Out There,” was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Michael was a wildlife biologist and herpetologist before he became a science writer. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in Australia in evolutionary biology, a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona and a Graduate Certificate in Science Writing from the University of California Santa Cruz. Follow Michael on Twitter to find out his latest projects.

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