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Science Mission Specialist Mae Jemison prepares to

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In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. During her 8-day missing she worked with U.S. and Japanese researchers, and was a co-investigator on a bone cell experiment.

Dr. Jemison was also the first former NASA astronaut to actually appear on any of the “Star Trek” series episodes, next to Uhura.

Learn more about Dr. Jemison here.

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