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In Honor of Black History Month We Recognize Dr. Mae Jemison – The First African American Female to Travel to Space

by Brea Aamoth on February 2nd, 2016

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Mae Jemison who was an astronaut, physician and entrepreneur is recognized for being the first African American woman to travel in space. On Sept. 12, 1992 Dr. Jemison went into orbit as a crew member on NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Prior to joining NASA in 1987, Jemison received her bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and gained her Doctorate in Medicine from Cornell University. She was also a Medical Officer in the Peace Corps.  She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek. Today, she is a worldwide leader in STEM, space exploration and sustainability.

(Photo Credit: NASA)

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