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Mae Jemison _ First Black Woman in Space

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Mae Jemison was just beginning hers. Born in Alabama in 1956, Jemison grew up in Chicago and was involved heavily in dance yet also held a fascination with science.

She graduated from Stanford University with a chemical engineering degree in 1977 and received her medical degree from Cornell Medical College four years later. After holding a brief medical practice, Jemison took time off to serve in the Peace Corps, which is when she discovered she was accepted into the NASA program.

On September 12, 1992, Jemison became the first Black woman in space as a member of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. #BlackHistory #Space

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