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Mae C. Jemison, Astronaut (1956)

Mae C. Jemison, Astronaut, Professor and  Entrepreneur (October 17, 1956- ), was the first African-American woman admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program.

On September 12, 1992, following one year of training, Dr. Jemison became the first African-American woman in space onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-47.

Mae C. Jemison, Astronaut, NASA Mission STS-47

Mae C. Jemison, Astronaut, NASA Mission STS-47, Image Source: NASA.gov

After leaving the astronaut corps in March 1993, Dr. Jemison accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Jemison founded the Jemison Group, a company that researches, develops, and markets advanced technologies.

Mae C. Jemison once said:

When I’m asked about the relevance to Black people of what I do, I take that as an affront. It presupposes that Black people have never been involved in exploring the heavens, but this is not so. Ancient African empires — Mali, Songhai, Egypt — had scientists, astronomers. The fact is that space and its resources belong to all of us, not to any one group.

External Links:

  1. Dr. Mae Jemison – First African-American Female Astronaut in Space – Not Limited by the Imagination of Others
  2. Astronaut Bio: Mae C. Jemison

Sources:

  1. http://www.biography.com/articles/Mae-C.-Jemison-9542378
  2. http://womenshistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/mae_jemison.htm
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