Dr. Mae Jemison

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Dr. Mae Jemison

Astronaut and physician Mae Jemison was born on October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. While growing up she had a love of science, especially astronomy. Jemison was often found in the library reading astronomy books. From a young age she had inspiration from astronaut predecessors Guy Bluford Jr. and Sally Ride. Upon leaving high school in 1973 she knew she wanted to pursue her education in biomedical engineering. She entered Stanford University on National Achievement Scholarship. After Stanford she attended Cornell University Medical College. She traveled all over the world helping others, but still wanted to go to space. On June 4, 1987 she became the first African American woman to be admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program.

Mae Jemison

NASA-Mae Jemison became the first African American female to enter space. Her mission was on September 12, 1992 with six other astronaut aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47. During her eight day mission, she conducted experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness. After 190 hours in space she noted that “society should recognize how much both women and members of other minority groups can contribute if given the opportunity."

The video to left is Mae Jemison in 2014 describing her journey into space. This video is very powerful. Jemison states, "It was important to take things into space with me things that represented people who weren't always included."

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