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[Fast Company] The First Black Woman In Space Wants To Take Us Beyond Our Solar System

By Jessica Leber

February 16, 2016

SOURCE: Fast Company

Mae Jemison was 12-years-old when Americans first landed on the moon in 1969. The event inspired her, as it did an entire generation, and she went on to become the first woman of color who went to space, aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992.

But she’s also sick of people talking about the moon landing, especially today’s technology innovators who like to evoke buzzword “moonshots” and sometimes reaching further back in history to the “Sputnick moment” of 1957. For someone to really remember the moon landing today, they have to be at least 54. For Sputnick? 68.

Jemison says the world needs fresh inspiration, and with her 100 Year Starship organization, founded four years ago with the help of a seed grant from DARPA, she is on a mission to make that happen.

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