As a little girl, Mae Jemison always wanted to go into space. "I remember people used to try to tell me why women shouldn't be involved in space exploration, and I always thought, this is nonsense," she said. "And what I understood as a little girl back then is that you don't necessarily have to agree with other people's choices about limiting you."
Jamison's early love of science and curious nature brought her to Stanford University at the young age of 16, where she studied chemical engineering. Jemison went on to become a doctor and serve in the Peace Corp, but her dream of going into space never left her mind. Jemison finally made it in 1992, when she became the first African American female to go into space. As the Science Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which according to NASA orbited the Earth 127 times over the course of eight days.
Said Jemison: "The first thing that I saw from space was Chicago, 'cause I launched on the mid-deck of the shuttle. My commanderRead More »from Mae Jemison: First African American Female Astronaut Lives Out Childhood Dream