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“I didn’t even think about whether I’d be the first African-American woman in space… I just wanted to go into space.”


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Mae was the first African-American female astronaut; she’s also an engineer, a medical doctor and an educator; so what have you been doing with your time?


Mae is a lifelong dancer who sees a close connection between art and science; she was also on People Magazine’s most beautiful people list!

30S on When An Astronaut Visits Star Trek

We give Mae Jemison 30 seconds to tell us about being on Star Trek, she answers that question and then asks for more.

I Wanted To Go Into Space

Mae Jemison describes her journey from space-loving girl in Chicago to astronaut looking down on Chicago and thinking about her younger self.

The Cosmic Dance

Mae Jemison tells how dance made her a better astronaut and how science and art are really best friends.


Mae Jemison isn't an astronaut anymore, but she's never stopped reaching for the stars.

About Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison is a physician, engineer, educator, entrepreneur, and the first woman of color in the world to go into space – she was a NASA astronaut for six years. Currently, Mae devotes much of her attention to the 100 Year Starship, which she says is “pursuing an extraordinary tomorrow to create a better world today.” In her spare moments, Mae is a lifelong and accomplished dancer.

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.