Dr. Mae Carol Jemison is a physician and NASA astronaut. Currently she is the principal of the 100 Year Starship Organization.
Jemison became the 1st African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.
After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life.
She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer, and holds 9 honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters and the humanities.