Exploring the Universe in Fact and Fiction

In honor of International Women’s Month, here is another look at an amazing, accomplished woman.

Dr. Mae Jemison is the first female African American astronaut. She is also an engineer and a physician. She worked as a medical doctor in the Peace Corps prior to opening her own practice. She later applied and qualified for NASA, ultimately going into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. She’s been a professor at Dartmouth and Cornell and has founded a charitable organization to encourage teens to enter the science and engineering professions.

She is also an avid fan of science fiction:

I think science fiction helps us think about possibilities, to speculate – it helps us look at our society from a different perspective. It lets us look at our mores, using science as the backdrop, as the game changer.

– Dr. Mae Jemison


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