Among her many other accomplishments, Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to enter orbit. When just was just 16, she received a scholarship to Stanford University where she studied chemical engineering and African and Afro-American studies. She also had a strong talent and passion for dance, and almost became a professional dancer. She took an Alvin Ailey Dance Company poster with her on her trip to space.

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