Meet Dr. Mae C. Jemison, The first Black woman astronaut.

Dr. Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut. In this image, she looks out the aft flight deck ports on Space Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-47 mission in 1998. She was the first African American woman in space.

Jemison was selected for the astronaut program in June 1987. On her first flight, she was the science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab-J. The mission, which was a cooperative one between the U.S. and Japan, included 44 life science and materials processing experiments. Jemison was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission. In completing her first space flight, Jemison logged 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds in space.

Thank you Dr. Mae Jemison for being the manifestation of black excellence and inspiring a nation to reach for the skies.

Watch this video to learn more about Dr. Mae Jemison.

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