As the excitement builds surrounding the Mars rovers, we take time to remember the first black woman astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison. While in medical school, Jemision traveled to Cuba, Kenya and Thailand, providing primary medical care to people living there. Jemison then joined the Peace Corps where she was stationed in Sierra Leone and Liberia as the area Peace Corps medical officer.
After returning to the states, she made steps toward the career she always wanted with NASA. She wasn't accepted the first time, but she didn't give up. Two years later, she became one of 15 astronaut candidates to be accepted from some 2,000 applicants.
In August 1992, Dr. Jemison became the first black female astronaut in NASA history, with her mission aboard Endeavor. Dr. Jemison remains with NASA today, based at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she encourages minorities to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Dr. Mae Jemison, a woman of courage.