Mae C. Jemison is the first African-American female astronaut and the first African-American woman to ever go to space, according to Biography. She is also a trained dancer, doctor of medicine and Peace Corps volunteer, but being the first African-American female astronaut is what made her famous.Continue Reading
Jemison graduated high school at the age of 16 and went on to receive an engineering degree from Stanford University. She continued her education by attending medical school and earned her doctorate degree from Cornell University in 1981. In 1987, she was the first African-American woman admitted into NASA's astronaut training program. After more than one year of training, she became the first African-American astronaut and began conducting scientific experiments on the space shuttle.
On Sept. 12, 1992, Jemison was an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Jemison, along with six other crew members, conducted experiments on motion sickness, weightlessness and more while in space. The Shuttle Endeavor was in space for more than 190 hours before safely returning to Earth on Sept. 20, 1992. Jemison was also the only astronaut to appear on the "Star Trek" television series, according to Biography.Learn more about Space Travel
Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, had a childhood filled with learning and dreams of becoming an astronaut. Her parents, Charlie and Dorothy Jemison, encouraged her dreams and created an environment in which she could thrive.Full Answer >
Mae Jemison was the first female African-American astronaut to go into space. In 1987, she became the first African-American woman to be accepted to the astronaut training program. From September 12-20, 1992, Jemison, along with six other astronauts, spent eight days in space aboard the Endeavour.Full Answer >
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