Every once in a while, we come across a person who is literally perfect. The problem with these people is that they are SO NICE (this is part of the perfection) so as much as we are jealous or them, we can’t even hate them. One such woman is Mae Jemison.
Not only was she the first African-American woman to travel into space in 1992, but she is also a famed engineer, physician, and professional dancer. Sometimes my socks match. #accomplishments
After completing her medical training, Mae joined the Peace Corps because of course she did. Not only did she help provide critical medical care to people in Liberia and Sierra Leone, she also worked with the CDC to help develop vaccines. Because again I tell you, this woman is perfection.
Her mission in space was part of a collaborative effort with Japan’s space program, and studied many things including weightlessness and motion sickness in space. Most people I know have trouble on roller coasters, and Mae studied air sickness IN SPACE. Bow. Down.
Even as a child, Mae owned her fierceness, and I think that’s a lesson we should all learn. Anywho….
That one mission was her first and last into space, as she resigned from the space program right after. She quit to found The Jemison Group, a foundation that aims to apply scientific principles in daily life. Not only does Mae love science, but she wants everyone else to love it, too.
I barely passed high school physics, but if it means I could one day be as cool as Mae Jemison, I would gladly try and revisit some science courses.