Tamara E. Jernigan

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Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan
Tamara E. Jernigan.jpg
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Retired
Born (1959-05-07) May 7, 1959 (age 58)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Other occupation
Time in space
63d 01h 24m
Selection 1985 NASA Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
7 hours 55 minutes
Missions STS-40, STS-52, STS-67, STS-80, STS-96
Mission insignia

Tamara Elizabeth "Tammy" Jernigan, Ph.D. (born May 7, 1959, in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an American scientist and former NASA astronaut and a veteran of five shuttle missions.


Jernigan attended Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA. She graduated in 1977. Jernigan attended Stanford University, where she earned a B.S. degree in physics in 1981, an M.S. in engineering science in 1983. At the University of California, Berkeley, she received an M.S. in astronomy in 1985. In 1988 she was awarded a Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University.

NASA career[edit]

Jernigan on 1995 Azeri postage stamp.
Tamara Jernigan performing EVA during STS-96

She entered the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1986 and retired in 2001. She flew on five Space Shuttle program missions (three on Columbia and one each on Endeavour and Discovery) and logged 1512 hours in space. In her last mission on Discovery in 1999, she performed an extra-vehicular activity for 7 hours and 55 minutes.[1]


She is married to former astronaut Peter Wisoff.

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