Mae Jemison (1956-) was an astronaut who became the first African American woman in space. Trained as a doctor, Jemison joined the Peace Corps. In 1987 she became an astronaut, and flew in the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Jemison left NASA in 1993 and since then has founded the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence. The foundation won a grant for the 100 Year Starship project, whose goal is space travel to another solar system within 100 years.
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