Talk about amazing! Dr. Mae Jemison is a doctor, engineer, academic, and entrepreneur. She was even on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation! She spent six years with NASA as an astronaut during which she became the first woman of color in the world to go into space.

As an astronaut, Dr. Jemison had assignments as a liaison between the astronaut corps and launch operations at Kennedy Space Center, served on the human research protocol board, tested the software that operates the shuttle and flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour Spacelab Japan mission—the first joint mission with the Japanese Space Agency.

Dr. Jemison graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and completed the requirements for an A.B. in African and Afro-American studies from Stanford University and earned her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.

“There is a slight rustle of tree leaves; yet if one observes the accompanying signs, the next day’s weather is forecast. The hint of a breeze that kisses your cheek may turn into a full-fledged hurricane that uproots trees and old ideas.” – Dr. Mae Jemison

She is out of this world!

Photo courtesy of LIFE.

Dr. Jemison’s NASA Bio