Women of Black History: Mae Jemison

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations” – Dr. Mae Jemison. We like that! Sticking with our transportation theme this year, today we are honoring Mae C. Jemison, physician and the first African-American astronaut.

Mae had an early interest in science including astronomy from a young age as she spent a considerable amount of her time in the library reading. Her love for science brought her into the medical field and she received her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.

After about four years in the medical field she made the decision to change careers and return to her love for astronomy. She went on to become the first African American Woman to be admitted into the astronaut training program. In 1992 she made her dream a reality when she boarded the Endeavour and spent eight days in space.  Her time in space was spent experimenting on herself and the other crew members to find out more about weightlessness and motion sickness.

Mae showed the world how much she and other women and minorities can contribute to new discoveries. We’re inspired by Mae’s story of following her dreams even if the odds are against you.

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