Mae Jemison Timeline
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.

Date Event
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!