On this day, Mae Jemison became the African-American woman in space! Mae always assumed she would go into space. “I wanted to explore because it was so mysterious,” she says. But as she watched shuttle launches and moon landings, she was disappointed to see a lack of female astronauts. After serving as a Peace corps medical officer in Liberia and Sierra Leone, she applied to be an astronaut. She was aboard space shuttle Endeavour on NASA’s 50th mission. When the shuttle launched on September 12, “I remember having this huge grin on my face,” Mae remembers.
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