On this day in Alabama history: Mae Jemison first African American woman in space

On this day in Alabama history: Mae Jemison first African American woman in space
Mission Specialist Mae Jemison at aft flight deck ports (001-003) on Space Shuttle mission STS-47. (Image credit: NASA)

Sept. 12, 1992

Mae Carol Jemison, born in 1956 in Decatur, took an early interest in science, particularly astronomy. She graduated from high school at the age of 16 and earned a degree from Stanford University in 1977, followed by a medical degree from Cornell University. She was a general practitioner in Los Angeles, but after Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, Jemison applied to NASA’s astronaut program. After her training was complete, she and six other astronauts on Sept. 12, 1992 flew into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, her only mission in space. She and the rest of the crew returned to Earth on Sept. 20, 1992.

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