According to futurism.com, Mae Jemison was the first actual astronaut to appear on Star Trek.

In 1993, Jemison became the first actual astronaut to appear on Star Trek. LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, learned that Jemison was a Star Trek fan and asked if she would like to be on the show. She ultimately played Lieutenant Palmer in the episode “Second Chances,” which was the 150th episode of the series.

The paragraph above was taken from the futurism.com article: Mae Jemison: The First African American Woman in Space and First Real Astronaut on Star Trek

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