Timeline Description: Mae Jemison was the first black woman to become an astronaut. She overcame hardships and fears to realize her dreams. This is a timeline of her life.
|October 17, 1956||Mae Jemison is born
Mae was born in Decatur, AL.
|1959||The family moves away
Mae's family moved to Chicago, IL, so the children could have a better education. Mae had a brother and a sister.
|1961||What does Mae want to be when she grows up?
In kindergarten, Mae's teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Even at 5 years old, she said a scientist.
|1962||NASA chooses women for their program
In 1962, twelve women passed NASA's admission test, but none were selected for the program.
|1963||The first woman in space
Russia put the first woman astronaut in space. Her name was Valentina Tereshkova.
|1973||Mae graduates high school and goes to college
Mae graduated with honors and went to Stanford University with a National Achievement Scholarship.
|1977||Mae becomes a doctor
Mae graduated from Stanford and then entered medical school. She graduated with a medical degree in 1981.
|1983||A few years in the Peace Corps
Mae spent two years serving in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
|1985||Mae works toward her dream
Mae applied for admission to NASA's astronaut training program. Mae was eventually chosen for the program.
|1987||The first African American woman in NASA
Mae's official acceptance came in 1987. This made Mae the first African American woman in the space program.
|1988||Mae wins an award
Mae was awarded the Essence Science and Technology Award for her achievements.
|1992||The Endeavor Space Mission
Mae became the first black woman in space when she flew on the Endeavor Mission with six other astronauts.
|1992||Mae receives more awards
Mae received the Ebony Black Achievement Award.
|1993||Other Awards she received
In 1993 she received a Montgomery Fellowship from Dartmouth College, and other achievement awards included a school named in her honor and being named Woman of the Year.
|1993||Mae leaves the space field
Mae retired from NASA and became a teacher at Dartmouth. She also started the Jemison Group, an organization that does research in technology. Her determination to see her dreams fulfilled continues to inspire the next generation!