On September 12th, 1992, Mae Carol Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space. Jemison along with six other astronauts were on board the Endeavour on mission STS47.
Some facts about her:
- She trained for five years, after entering the astronaut training program on June 4th, 1987.
- She was born in Decatur, Alabama, but considers Chicago, Illinois her home after moving there at the age of three.
- At one point in her life, she thought about possibly pursuing dance as a career (she even took a poster ofthe Alvin Ailey dance company with her on her flight). Ultimately, she obtained her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.
- On the first day of Kindergarten, at the age of 5, she told her teacher she wanted to be a scientist when she grew up.
- She joined the Peace Corps as a medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- She spent eight days (190 hours) in space.
Check out the slideshow below for a few key moments in Jemison's journey to space, 21 years ago today.