Mae C. Jemison is best known for becoming the first Black woman to be admitted to NASA’s astronaut training program and to fly in space. In recognition of these and other achievements, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame exactly 30 years ago today, October 6, 1993.
Jemison applied for the astronaut program in 1985 after serving as a general medicine practitioner and as a medical officer in the Peace Corps.
As a result of the Challenger Shuttle Disaster, she had to reapply for the program and, in 1987, was one of 15 successful candidates in a field of 2,000.
She made her historic flight on Sept. 12, 1992, returning to Earth on Sept. 20, after more than 190 hours in space.