This week in 1992, Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space aboard the space shuttle the Endeavor.

Before becoming an astronaut, Jemison received degrees from Stanford University and Cornell University. She worked with the Peace Corps in West Africa, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control, some of her work including development of hepatitis B vaccine.

In October of 1986, Jemison was accepted into the NASA training program to become an astronaut. In September of 1992, she completed a week-long mission aboard the Endeavor and became the first African American woman in space.

To learn more about Mae Jemison, check out her NASA Biography.


  • Mae Carol Jemison official astronaut photo – NASA
  • Jemison during Space Shuttle mission STS-47 – NASA
  • Jemison aboard the Spacelab Japan module on Endeavor -NASA

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