- Mae Carol Jemison is on record as the first African American woman to visit space
- Jemison recalls that her mother advised her to go for medical school when she had to choose either that or a dancing career
- Her desire to be in space was because of Lieutenant Uhura, a character in the Star Trek movie.
The story of man’s attempt to go to space is filled with various insightful details.
Attempts to explore the unknown has always been met with a myriad of surprises but that has done little to quell human efforts at making history.
Mae Carol Jemison, born on October 17, 1956 has always been passionate about dancing and began active participation in dance exercises when she was 11 years old.
Her desire to be a professional dancer and the option of medical school clashed at a point and her mother’s decision set in motion a chain of events which eventually made her the first African American woman to visit space.
YEN.com.gh understands that her mother told her “you can always dance if you’re a doctor, but you can’t doctor if you’re a dancer.”
Facetofaceafrica.com reports that her inspiration to join NASA was as a result of how African-American actress Nichelle Nichols portrayed Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, a movie.
Jemison applied unsuccessfully in 1983 and made it to the programme in 1987 as one of fifteen candidates chosen out of about 2,000 applicants.
Jemison flew her only space mission from September 12 to 20, 1992, as a Mission Specialist on STS-47. This was the 50th shuttle mission and a cooperative mission between the United States and Japan.
In March 1993, she resigned from NASA to pursue her love for science and technology.
In other news, 23-year-old Montoya Major has completed a two-in-one degree programme despite having twins along the line.
In the year 2017, Major relocated from Florida to Alabama to pursue the dual-degree programme at the Nova Southeastern University.
According to her, she was heartbroken when she found out she was about to be a mother of twins at 22 years.
Major revealed that her father urged her on to attain the highest possible level of education.
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