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Dr. Mae Jemison: The First African American Woman In Space

Among her many other accomplishments, Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to enter orbit. When just was just 16, she received a scholarship to Stanford University where she studied chemical engineering and African and Afro-American studies. She also had a strong talent and passion for dance, and almost became a professional dancer. She took an Alvin Ailey Dance Company poster with her on her trip to space.

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  1. Dr. Mae C. Jemison believed it was her destiny to enter space. 00:25

  2. In her senior year of college, Dr. Mae C. Jemison debated between becoming a doctor or professional dancer. 00:46

  3. Dr. Mae C. Jemison became the first black female to travel into orbit in 1992. 01:28

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