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Astronaut Mae Jemison Made History 25 Years Ago Today

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As a child, Mae Jemison worried that aliens would get the wrong idea about humanity from looking at the all-white, all-male crews of the earliest space missions. 25 years ago today, she helped set the cosmic record straight about humanity when Space Shuttle Endeavor launched on the STS-47 mission.

Jemison grew up watching the earliest space missions on TV, and when she noticed that the crews were all white men, “I thought that was one of the dumbest things in the world, because I used to always worry, believe it or not as a little girl, I was like: ‘What would aliens think of humans? You know, these are the only humans?'” she told a National Library of Medicine (NLM) interviewer for the Changing the Face of Medicine exhibition. Interstellar culture-shock isn’t the sort of thing the average eight-year-old worries about, but Jemison was by no means an average kid.

“My uncle, Uncle Louis, we’d look up at the stars and he would tell me they were really suns; they just were so small because they were so many miles away. He even discussed things with me about me about Einstein’s theory of relativity, at 6-7-8 years old, so I always assumed that I was supposed to be able to understand these things,” she said in the NLM interview.

Jemison had always known that she wanted to be a scientist.

“In kindergarten my teacher asked me—actually asked the whole class—now what do you want to be when you grow up? And I said, ‘I want to be a scientist.’ And she looked at me and she said, ‘Don’t you mean a nurse?’ Now clearly, there is no issue with being nurse. But the issue back then was, is that’s the only thing she could see a little girl growing up to do, that had something to do with sciences. So she was trying to help guide me and counsel me, and… as to what was possible. But I really just put my hands on my hips, and I said, ‘No, I mean a scientist.’

“Because I was excited about the world around me.”

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Jemison aboard STS-47

She was just as sure that she would go to space, but she never expected to be an astronaut. The young Jemison just assumed she’d be a scientist on Mars, because surely by the 1980s, that would be a perfectly normal career path.

“I always assumed I would go into space,” she told NLM. “Not necessarily as an astronaut; I thought because we were on the moon when I was 11 or 12 years old, that we would be going to Mars—I’d be going to work on Mars as a scientist.”

At 16, she got a scholarship to Stanford University, where she pursued a degree in chemical engineering (and also fulfilled the requirements for a B.A. in African American studies, proving that the sciences and the humanities can go hand-in-hand). She spent the next four years in medical school at Cornell University, including time spent volunteering abroad in Cuba, Kenya, and Thailand. After graduation, the newly-minted Dr. Jemison joined the Peace Corps as the Area Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Libera, where she was responsible for managing the health care system that served Peace Corps and U.S. Embassy personnel in the two West African countries. While in West Africa, she also developed research studies on schistosomiasis, rabies, and a Hepatitis B vaccine.

The Peace Corps, Jemison still says, is the toughest job she ever had — including being an astronaut. “I was on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and I was responsible for people’s lives and their health. I was the person that was there. Period,” she told NLM. “And it required a very wide range of skills.”

 

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Jemison at Kennedy Space Center

Returning to U.S. in 1985, Jemison went to work at CIGNA Health Plans of California as a general practitioner, filling her free time with graduate-level engineering courses and an application for NASA’s astronaut program, which the agency accepted in 1987. Five years later, Jemison was on her way to low Earth orbit as the Mission Science Specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor. She became the first woman of color in space, breaking a barrier she had first noticed as a child in the early 1960s.

Aboard Endeavor, Jemison fulfilled at least part of her childhood plan to do science in space. The seven-day mission was packed with science, from investigating whether microgravity produces better semiconductor crystals for computer chips to studying how spaceflight affected the crew’s balance, motion, and stability.

Today Jemison runs Houston-based BioSentient, a medical device company, and supports an international science camp called The Earth We Share, encouraging a new generation of children to pursue science. Perhaps someday in the not-too-distant future, one of Jemison’s science campers will finally open up that lab on Mars.

Full Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kionasmith/2017/09/12/astronaut-mae-jemison-made-history-25-years-ago-today/#6600db2758ea

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ cast talk legacy, compare crews at New York Comic Con 2017

 

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Hundreds of Trekkies packed into The Theater at Madison Square Garden for the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel, moderated by Dr. Mae Jemison, Saturday afternoon.

The panel featured a surprise appearance by actress Michelle Yeoh, whose character appeared in the first two episodes of the series, and confirmed that she will be reappearing.

 

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Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru (l.), Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham (c.) and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou in “Star Trek: Discovery.”

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Also in attendance were cast members Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Mary Chieffo, Jason Isaacs, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz, as well as executive producers Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Akiva Goldsman.

Jemison became the first black woman to travel to space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Sept. 12, 1992. She is now the principal of the 100 Year Starship project, which is designed to support research required for interstellar travel.

After the panel, the Daily News got to chat to the cast and crew about how it feels to be part of show’s 51-year legacy and compared the crew of the Discovery to Captain Kirk’s crew in “The Original Series.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” is available on the CBS All Access subscription streaming service, with new episodes releasing Mondays.

 

For full article please visit: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/star-trek-discovery-cast-talk-legacy-compare-crews-nycc-article-1.3551847

DR. MAE JEMISON TO LAUNCH LOOK UP AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPACEFLIGHT CELEBRATION

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DR. MAE JEMISON TO LAUNCH LOOK UP AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPACEFLIGHT CELEBRATION

New Initiative to Connect and Inspire People Globally over the Year Culminating in a Day to LOOK UP Global Special Event

LOS ANGELES, September 15, 2017 – Tonight, Dr. Mae Jemison the world’s first woman of color in space will oversee the launch of the LOOK UP worldwide initiative during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of her spaceflight in 1992. 

LOOK UP over the next year will connect people worldwide, from all walks of life, culminating on a single day in August 2018 when everyone will be asked to LOOK UP and share what they see and their thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams and ideas for best path forward.  LOOK UP is a day, 24 hours, we acknowledge our oneness as Earthlings and concurrently our right to be a part of this greater universe.

Why LOOK UP?  “It is critical that we realize that worldwide, that all our lives and well-being are inextricably woven into the fabric of this planet Earth and globally connected to the greater universe,” Jemison stated.  “This is not a choice; it is a reality.  Whether we as a species survive, progress and thrive depends upon how we embrace this reality.”

Notables signing onto the goals of LOOK UP with Jemison, an engineer, physician, social scientist and NASA’s first African American woman astronaut, include:  LeVar Burton; Nichelle Nichols; Jill Tarter, Ph.D.; Halfu Osumare, Ph.D.; Amy Millman and Springboard Enterprises; MAKERS; Bayer Corporation; Scholastic, Inc.; 100 Year Starship; and, Yuri’s Night.

LOOK UP is purposefully designed to build momentum and evolve as individuals and organizations around the globe are connected, propose and develop LOOK UP activities in schools, workplaces, communities and nations that will highlight what they learn from the sky.  The LOOK UP platform will facilitate these activities and the creation of a tapestry of the images, observations and activities that are woven together and can be accessed globally.  The LOOK UP website, www.lookuponesky.org will “go live” tonight and individuals and groups are urged to sign up to receive updates, challenges, opportunities and news, as well as to become part of the LOOK UP global community.

Dr. Jill Tarter points to the fascination of the recent solar eclipse that swept North America and reminds us that “For millennia, across the world humans have looked to the sky to navigate their world.  We live both under one sky here on Earth and within the greater universe.  And while part of Earth, it is important to push to explore farther and to claim a place in the larger cosmos.”

Jemison and colleagues from 100 Year Starship have been developing LOOK UP for over a year and believe it is critical in the world today to offer this platform to engage people across cultures, nations and economies in order to facilitate understanding and contributing to our shared future.  To LOOK UP and build a better, robust path forward that includes and benefits us all.

LeVar Burton explains LOOK UP, “Let’s take one day to LOOK UP and recognize that we share not just the same origins, but the same sky.  And a growing ambition to be mature enough to leave home. LOOK UP and join the movement.”

ABOUT MAE JEMISON, M.D.

Audacious and pioneering, polymath Dr. Mae Jemison is a leading voice for science, social responsibility and innovation.  Jemison leads 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative that is pushing the frontiers of space exploration – ensuring human interstellar travel in 100 years.  The world’s first woman of color in space, she is committed to applying advance space technology to enhance life on Earth.  Dr. Jemison draws upon her experience as a physician, inventor, environmental studies professor, science literacy advocate, development worker in Africa and founder of two tech start-ups.  Recently, LEGO announced her as one of five Women of LEGO NASA kit.  She is the 2016-2017 Poling Chair at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  A member of Fortune 500 boards, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Dr. Jemison was voted one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot straw poll and was the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek. Dr. Jemison lives in Houston and is still learning important life lessons from her cats.

For more information, visit www.drmae.com.

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ABOUT 100 YEAR STARSHIP™

100 Year Starship™ (100YSS) is building a global community to ensure that the capabilities for human interstellar travel beyond our solar system exist as soon as possible, and definitely within the next 100 years.  An independent, non-governmental, long-term initiative, 100YSS was started in 2012 with seed-funding through a competitive grant from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to foster the type of explosive innovation and technology and social advances born from addressing such an audacious challenge.  To bolster such innovation, 100YSS has programs and projects include research and innovation, across the physical and social sciences, the arts, entrepreneurship and education.  Based in Houston, 100YSS collaborates with international organizations, companies, universities and individuals including affiliate in Brussels, partnerships in Africa and Asia.

For more information, visit www.100yss.org.

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INCLUSIVE EVENT MARKS DR. MAE JEMISON’S HISTORIC SPACEFLIGHT


Jemison’s Silver Anniversary Party, 25 Strong! Celebrates Inclusion, Innovation, Science, the Arts and Social Responsibility in Los Angeles Under the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion


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LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 – This September is the 25th anniversary of NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison’s spaceflight making history as the nation’s first African American female and the world’s first woman of color in space.  For many worldwide, Dr. Jemison’s launch changed the face of science and exploration, and was a major milestone in women’s, civil and human rights.

People from around the globe – all ages, races, ethnicities and genders—will come together to celebrate Dr. Jemison’s journey, accomplishments and commitment to the future at the 25 Strong! gala. This spectacular evening of inspiration, music, art, dance, knowledge-sharing and magic will take place under the Space Shuttle Endeavour, Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

The 25 Strong! gala will kick off a yearlong anniversary of special events, one of which – an inspirational new initiative connecting individuals worldwide – will be announced that evening. 

A few of the notables attending the gala include U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters; Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols; Jill Tarter, co-Founder of the SETI Institute; George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic; Jennie Yeung, President and Founder of the Beautiful Life Development Plan Foundation, Shanghai, China; Peggy Brookins, President of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards; Sarah Toulouse, Executive Director of the Bayer USA Foundation; and, Hugh Roome, President of Consumer and Professional Publishing at Scholastic, Inc.  25 Strong is thrilled that Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and musician Aloe Blacc will perform, as well as Kenji Williams, composer, director and founder of the award-winning space images powered earth-from-space show, Bella Gaia. Major sponsors are Bayer Corporation, Scholastic, Inc. National Geographic and Ford Motor Company.

“Dr. Jemison’s remarkable achievement has touched the lives of countless people around the world. We wanted to celebrate the inspiration she has been with an event that embodies her life philosophy: showing what is possible when we bring together the extraordinary – space exploration – with compassion, creativity and social commitment,” said Loretta Whitesides, Co-Creator of Yuri’s Night and chairperson, 25 Strong! Committee.  “It is a moment to rededicate ourselves to creating an inspiring future for humanity.”

Dr. Jemison, a physician, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator currently leads the global 100 Year Starship® initiative.  She is a pioneer and leading voice in advancing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, raising public awareness of STEM education and increasing science literacy worldwide.  Dr. Jemison was living in Los Angeles when she was selected for the astronaut program.  The celebration party will be under the Endeavour, the same shuttle she flew on in space.

“I can think of no more important responsibility to mark the past 25 years than to share what I have learned and all that we might achieve if we include and welcome everyone to benefit from and be a part of the challenge and wonder of space exploration,” Dr. Jemison said.  “We are connected and inextricably part of this Earth; yet as we push to explore space and claim a place in the greater cosmos, it will enable us to build a better home, here, for everyone.“

Individual ticket prices range from $300 – $2,000.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.25strong.com.

About Mae Jemison, M.D.

Audacious and pioneering, polymath Dr. Mae Jemison is a leading voice for science, social responsibility and innovation.  Jemison leads 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative that is pushing the frontiers of space exploration – ensuring human interstellar travel in 100 years.  The world’s first woman of color in space, she is committed to applying advance space technology to enhance life on Earth.  Dr. Jemison draws upon her experience as a physician, inventor, environmental studies professor, science literacy advocate, development worker in Africa and founder of two tech start-ups.  Recently, LEGO announced her as one of five Women of LEGO NASA kit.  She is the 2016-2017 Poling Chair at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  A member of Fortune 500 boards, the National Academy of Medicine and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Dr. Jemison was voted one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot straw poll and was the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek. Dr. Jemison lives in Houston and is still learning important life lessons from her cats.

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