Mae Jemison - Medical Doctor and Astronaut. Born in 1992, Mae is the first African American Female Astronaut. From Decatur in Alabama, she is daughter of a carpenter and an elementary school teacher.
She is the first African American woman to travel in space. Mae speaks no less than four languages; Russian, Swahili, English and Japanese. She is also the first actual astronaut to play a part on Star Trek.
Mae Jemison has an impressive Resume. She is a medical doctor, member of the Peace Corp, dancer, teacher and founder of two technological companies. She was accepted at Stanfor University at the tender age of 16and earned her doctorate in medicine at age 25 from Cornell University.
She was accepted onto NASA's Astronaut Programme at aged 31, making her way onto a shortlist of 15 candidates whittled down from 2,000. During her 8-day mission in space she orbited the earth 127 times. It gives a whole new perspective to going around the world in 80 days.
Mae broke many limits of gender and race in her accomplishments and is quoted as having said
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations…If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out … You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.”