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Mae Jemison

  1. That Time Mae Jemison, Pioneering Astronaut, Was on Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Besides being the first woman of color in space, Jemison was an outstanding doctor with the Peace Corps before she even joined NASA and, in addition to a professorship at Cornell, is currently the head of the 100 Year Starship project. Oh yeah, and she’s also the first ever astronaut to appear in a Star Trek production.

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  2. WOC Astronaut Mae Jemison Talks About Fulfilling Her Space Dreams

    Flawless lady is flawless.

    Mae Jemison is a boss. Not only was she the first African-American woman in space, she was also the first astronaut who landed a guest spot on Star Trek. Citing Uhura as a major influence on her life, Jemison (who was able to chat with Nichelle Nichols before traveling to space) used to open communication to mission control every day by saying "hailing frequencies open." Here, Jemison talks about her journey. Love her as much as we do.

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  3. Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the First Latina in Space, Is Now the Johnson Space Center’s Second Female Director, Too

    We Can Be Heroes

    When it comes to writing about female astronauts, our coverage here at The Mary Sue tends to be somewhat Sunita Williams-centric. (She's awesome, OK?) But here's another lady astronaut you should know: Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who this month becomes the second female and first Hispanic director of NASA's Johnson Space Center. She was also the first Latina in space, if you need more impressing. Oh, and she's also a classical flutist. That instrument was the bane of my existence in the fourth grade, so anyone who can play it without passing out gets my respect, even without also being an awesome astronaut.

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  4. Mae Jemison’s “Audacious Journey” Will Provide an Outline for the Next 100 Years of Space Exploration

    she blinded me with science

    Last February, NASA and DARPA announced a joint-venture soliciting ideas for the next step in human space exploration. The 100-Year Starship study collected entries until July from various experts in the field, resulting in a ton of ideas for a one-way manned mission into space. And now, the best idea has been chosen, and it was written by a true pioneer in space travel: Mae Jemison, former astronaut and the first black woman in space, submitted the winning proposal, entitled “An Inclusive Audacious Journey Transforms Life Here on Earth & Beyond."

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  5. In Defense of Geekery: Why Society Needs SF/F


    I have recently discovered Star Talk Radio, a podcast by delightful astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I've been working my way through the archives, finding the show to be good company while I cook dinner. The other day, I listened to “A Conversation with Nichelle Nichols” (aka Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek). I knew from the title that I was going to dig it. What I did not expect was to find myself standing there, my halfway-constructed lasagna lying neglected before me, as the lovely Ms. Nichols brought me to tears. I was familiar with part of the story she was telling, but...well, allow me to share.

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