On this date, June 5, in 1987, Dr Mae Jemison becomes first Black female astronaut.

Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life.  [Continue reading.]

And may there be more like her, science desperately lacks black female scientists and women like Mae give hope to generations of not just women but black women who are interested in science and careers in astronomy.