First blacks in space

Anniversary of the Moon Walk: 10 African American Space Pioneers

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Mae Jemison

Jemison has the prestigious distinction of being the first black female United States astronaut. She was admitted into the astronaut training program, June 4, 1987.

In 1992, she became the first African American woman to blast into space doing so aboard the Endeavour.

From January 1983 through June 1985, Dr. Jemison was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa.

In completing her first space flight, Dr. Jemison logged 190 hours, 30 minutes, 23 seconds in space. She left NASA in March 1993.