Jemison was the first black woman to travel in space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour."/>In 1992 the space hosted a real beauty with brains after Jemison (pictured above) became the first African American woman to travel into space at the age of 36. Mae Carol Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. The youngest of three children, her mother was an elementary school teacher while her father was a maintenance supervisor. Jemison was a determined student and a fast learner and at the age of 16, she received a scholarship to attend Stanford University, where she studied degrees in chemical engineering and African and African-American studies. After her studies, she applied for NASA and was lucky to be among the 15 recruits from a list of over 2000 applicants. The young lady would soon go ahead to make history as the first black woman to make it to space. Jemison was the science mission specialist on the STS-47 Spacelab-J flight, which in 1992 spent eight days in space from 12 to 20 September. During the mission, 44 life science and materials processing experiments were carried out by the crew while orbiting Earth 126 times. Jemison now acts as a science ambassador and speaks about the need to democratize access to technology for the future of humanity. She remains to be a source of inspiration for many young women of color all around the world.
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