Life And Accomplishments Of Mae Jemison

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Space. The -450 degree vacuum that will tear the air out of your bloodstream and organs. Being an astronaut is not job for the weak; and Mae C. Jemison is no exception to this idea. Jemison was the first African American woman to be admitted into the NASA astronaut training program, and eventually the first African American woman to enter outer space. In her lifetime, she earned a phd in medicine, trained to be and became an astronaut, founded a company and went back to spread her knowledge to others. Mae Jemison deserves to win the award in the hidden figure category because of her incredible achievements in her own education, her career and what has and what has yet to come following her career. Three years after her birth in 1956, Mae’s family moved from Decatur, Alabama to Chicago, Illinois in hopes that the family’s children could be given a better education. Fast forward a few years, and when her teacher asks her what she wants to be when she grows up, Mae says “scientist”. After working diligently in school, Jenison found herself attending Stanford University with a National Achievement Scholarship, and even from there continuing on to …show more content…

Given her outstanding credentials, she was eventually accepted. Her official acceptance in 1987 made Mae Jemison the first African American woman in NASA’s space program. Once admitted to the space program, Mae Jemison was met with many awards, one being the Essence Science and Technology Award. Mae’s first mission, STS-47, took off on September 12th, 1992. Jemison had become the first African American to enter space, something almost every human being on the face of the earth will never achieve. In 1992, Jemison earned a Black Achievement Award. After retiring from NASA, Jemison got a job at Dartmouth teaching students the knowledge she was once able to be given by professors. Additionally, Mae founded the Jemison group, a group aimed at research in

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