This is the first black women to travel to space. Mae C. Jemison became the first African American women to be admitted into the astronaut program on June 4, 1987. And she made history again on September 12, 1992, when she boarded the endeavor space shuttle with six other astronauts to spend eight days in space and complete 127 orbits around the earth.
Jemison was the science mission specialist on STS-47. She logged 190 hours 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space, after leaving NASA in March 1993. She then founded Jemison group, which advocates for science literacy and sustainability.
She’s also been working on the “100 Year Starship” program, which aims to make human interstellar travel a reality within the next 11 years.
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations…If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out…You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.” Jemison stated.
And, as if she wasn’t awesome enough, she also has her own “Women of Nasa” Lego set — which helps to inspire little girls everywhere to believe in the themselves, refuse to let anyone hold them back, and reach for the stars.