Mae Jemison
Mae can enhance the speed at which she and her team travel.
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Mae was once a soldier serving in American peacekeeping forces. Mae can alter her speed by slowing or speeding up the world around her, allowing her to run faster.
Mae was a doctor for the Peace Corps in Liberia and Sierra Leone from 1983 until 1985. You can find the Peace Corps logo on her helmet.
At the age of 14, Mae auditioned for the leading role of Maria in West Side Story. You'll find the name of the musical on her boots. Mae didn't get the leading role but was selected as a background dancer.
In this fact-file find out why we turned Mae into a Superhero
Mae was mission specialist 4 on STS-47, the 50th Space Shuttle mission.
In 1994 Mae founded the project: The Earth We Share which is a science camp for students aged 12 to 16.
Sally Ride was an American astronaut and physicist, she was the first American woman in space.
Only lasers can stop Mae when she is travelling at top speeds.
Born: 1956
Occupation: Engineer, physician and NASA astronaut
Mae Carol Jemison
In this video you can find out more about Mae
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After working as a GP, Mae was a volunteer in the Peace Corps, spending time in the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia. In addition to English, she speaks Russian, Japanese and Swahili. Mae applied to NASA's astronaut program and after a year of training became the first female African American astronaut. On Sept. 12, 1992 the space shuttle Endeavour carried her and six other astronauts on 126 orbits around the Earth.
Mae was the youngest of three children, she had a fascination with all things science from an early age. She earned her doctorate in medicine from Cornell University in 1981.
Mae Jemison
My parents were the best scientists I knew, because they were always asking questions...
An astronaut is a person who is specially trained to travel into outer space.
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What Do Astronauts Do?
Want to find out more about being an astronaut? Astronaut Kjell Lindgren answers questions about life in space.
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Fun Facts!
Scientists estimate there are about 500,000 pieces of space junk floating around in space, including fragments from rockets and satellites.
Watch the take off of STS-47. STS-47 was the 50th Space Shuttle mission and the second mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour. The mission mainly involved conducting experiments in life and material sciences.
Watch the STS-47 Take off!
It's bedtime on the ISS and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us how astronauts sleep in space.
What's it like to sleep in Space?
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Video Credit: Canadian Space Agency
ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows how to use the most unglamorous but often asked-about part of living on the International Space Station: the toilet.
How do Astronauts go to the bathroom in space?
Mars is called the Red Planet because of its red colouring, which comes from the large amount of iron oxide – known on Earth as rust – on the planet's surface.
The Apollo astronauts' footprints on the moon will probably stay there for at least 100 million years.
Space is completely silent. There is no atmosphere in space, which means that sound has no way to travel to be heard.
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Mae also features in our giant colouring poster: Fetter's Chaos
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