Astronaut Anna L. Fisher to Speak at UC Riverside on April 3

San Pedro native and UCLA graduate to discuss her role as one of the first six woman astronauts as part of the Women’s Resource Center Series

Astronaut Anna L. Fisher

Astronaut Anna L. Fisher (photo courtesy of NASA).

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Astronaut Anna L. Fisher will share the story of how she went from an emergency room physician to a three-decade career with NASA, including a week in orbit on the space shuttle Discovery, as part of the Women’s Resource Center Speaker’s Series on April 3 at 4 p.m. in HUB 302S.

The event, which is organized by the UCR Women’s Resource Center to forward the Leadership Community for Women Initiative, will include a Q&A session with the audience. It is free and open to the public, though RSVP is required. RSVP online at For questions or additional information, call (951) 827-3337. Non-permit holders must pay $5.00 to park on campus.

“Anna Fisher is a go-getter, a reminder to female students of what studious and dedicated women can accomplish,” Women’s Resource Center Director Adrienne Sims said. “Her visit to UC Riverside should be both an eye-opener and door-opener, particularly for female students interested in scaling heights through the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

In addition to her presentation, Fisher will participate in a luncheon with selected students and will then visit a physics class.

She graduated from the M.D./Ph.D. program at UCLA and was prepared to begin a surgical residency when the opportunity to apply to become an astronaut arrived. She was one of over 8,000 applicants and was selected as a candidate in 1977. She completed her training by August 1979 and was eventually assigned to fly as a mission specialist on STS-51A on the space shuttle Discovery in November 1984. In doing so, she became the first mother to fly in space.

After working in a variety of positions within the Astronaut Office, Fisher took a leave of absence from 1989 through 1995 to raise her family. Upon her return to NASA, she went back to the Astronaut Office and currently serves in the Exploration Branch working on astronaut training and medical issues. She also has duties in mission control as a capsule communicator (CAPCOM) , one of the team that stays in contact with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

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