Didn’t Buy It (Mae Jemison)
“I remember being really really irritated that there were no women astronauts. People tried to explain to me why there wasn’t. I didn’t buy it.” – Mae Jemison
When the space shuttle Endeavour launched into orbit in 1992, Mae became the first African-American woman to orbit the earth. On June 4, 1987, Mae C. Jemison became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the NASA astronaut training program. After more than a year of training, she became the first African-American woman astronaut, earning the title of science mission specialist — a job that would make her responsible for conducting crew-related scientific experiments on the space shuttle. After leaving the astronaut corps in March 1993, Jemison accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth. She also established the Jemison Group, a company that seeks to research, develop and market advanced technologies.