Ten fun facts about Mae Carol Jemison


Fact 1
When she was a child, she had a fascination with pus, even conducting an entire project about it.

Fact 2
She loved dancing, which she started at the age of 11, and even had difficulty deciding if she wanted to be a doctor or a dancer.

Fact 3
At the age of 16 she entered Stanford University and graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1977.


Fact 4
While serving on the Peace Corps, she spent 56 hours with a malaria patient to get them the help they needed from the military.

Fact 5
Her interest in applying for the astronaut program came from an African-American actress she saw on Star Trek.

Fact 6
When she left NASA, they were unhappy, as they spent money training her and needed her to fill their 'woman of color' niche.

Fact 7
In 1996 she filed a complaint against a Texas police officer, claiming her used excessive force during a traffic stop.

Fact 8
She stood alongside First Lady Michelle Obama in a forum for girls in Washington in 2009.

Fact 9
LeVar Burton, who found out Jemison was a Star Trek fan, invited her to appear in an episode titled "Second Chances".

Fact 10
She founded BioSentinent Corp in 1999. They are working to design a portable device that monitors the involuntary nervous system.


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