On September 12th, 1992, Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space. Jemison along with six other astronauts were on board the Endeavour on mission STS47.
She was born in Decatur, Alabama, but considers Chicago, Illinois her home after moving there at the age of three.
- She trained for five years, after entering the astronaut training program on June 4th, 1987.
At one point in her life, she thought about possibly pursuing dance as a career (she even took a poster ofthe Alvin Ailey dance company with her on her flight). Ultimately, she obtained her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.
She joined the Peace Corps as a medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
She spent eight days (190 hours) in space.
Check out the slideshow below for a few key moments in Jemison's journey to space, 21 years ago today.
Mae Carol Jemison
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