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African Americans in Science and Technology

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Mae Jemison at Kennedy Space Center, 1992.

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Aboard the space shuttle Endeavor on 12 Sept 1992, Dr. Mae Carol Jemison (above) became the first black woman to venture into space and the fifth African American to participate in a NASA space mission. The first, Dr. Guy Bluford, was part of the Challenger crew that launched on 30 Aug 1983. While many hope to become astronauts the number of people who are sent on missions into space is very limited. Of the approximately 225 astronauts who have participated in NASA since its formation in 1958, there have been fourteen African Americans astronauts. In addition to those trained for space missions, there have been many other African Americans who have added to the development of new technologies and innovative scientific methods for NASA.

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