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Mae Jemison

by Ella p

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Mae Jemison
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Overview
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Mae Jemison was born in 1956 and is still alive today. In 1992, Mae became the first African American women to travel in space. She has been inducted into the Women's National Hall of fame and The International Space Hall of Fame
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Early Life
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Mae was born in Decatur, Alabama on October 17th, 1956. She was the youngest of three children. Growing up, her mother was an elementary school teacher and her father worked as a maitence supervisor. She always loved science growing up and was upset that there was not any female astronauts. Mae graduated high school when she was 16 years old and then went to Stanford University in California.
Achievements
Mae graduated college in 1977 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and African American studies. She then went to Cornell Medical School. Mae opened her own private practice before joining NASA in 1987. Jemison worked on several projects with NASA before becoming the first African American women to travel to space in 1992. Jemison was an astronaut for six years before starting the Jemison group which works towards furthering science and social change. She has been awarded many awards including both the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award.
Fun Facts
- Growing Up Mae loved to dance
-Mae currently lives in Houston, Texas
-Mae was the first real astronaut to appear on an episode of Star Trek.
-In 2001, she wrote a children's book called "Find Where the Wind Goes"

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