(September 12, 1992) First African-American woman to go into space.
American physician and astronaut; science mission specialist on STS-47 Spacelab J flight.
Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
Good friends with Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols, who was the first black female space traveler portrayed on television.
Accepted the American Black Trailblazer Award for being the first African-American woman in space.
Formed her own company called The Jemison Group, Inc.
Joined the Peace Corps and served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer from 1983 to 1985.
While she was still a toddler, Mae moved to Chicago, Illinois. She considers Chicago her hometown because she grew up there.
Appeared in the February 2, 2013 "Not My Job" segment of the NPR "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" radio news quiz. Answered two questions correctly. Picked option "C" for each question.
Personal Quotes (2)
I'm very aware of the fact that I'm not the first African-American woman who had the skills, the talent, the desire to be an astronaut. I happen to be the first one NASA selected.
Being first gives you a responsibility. You have a public platform and you must choose how to use it. I use mine to help folks become more comfortable with the idea that science is integral to our world. I vowed that I would talk about my work and ask people about theirs - the nitty-gritty details. These conversations are critical.