On an eight-day flight aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992, AAAS member Mae Carol Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space. Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!
Mae C. Jemison, born on this day in 1956, has a few firsts to her name: She was the first woman of color in space, as well as the only real astronaut to have served on the U.S.S. Enterprise, where she portrayed a lieutenant on an episode of Star Trek: TNG.
“we inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity.”
my car and i
have happily traveled
100,000 miles together as of today.
who knows how far we’ll go from here?
‘there is but one earth, tiny and fragile,
and one must get 100,000 miles away
to appreciate one’s good fortune in living on it.’
(Major General, USAF, Ret.) is an american former astronaut and test pilot. selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice.
following the kinders
as they walk out
of one open blue door
and step into the space
that lies in between
and toward another.
“there are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.”
i knew there was a reason.
credits: mental floss
the 1967 outer space treaty forbids any nation from trying to own the moon.
it was the 60’s. the height of the cold war.
they made a treaty not to own the moon.
at the united nations convention of the law of the sea in 1982
it was agreed that the moon, like the high seas,
is considered “res communis” roughly translated to “common to all mankind.”
credits: mental floss magazine
before he was an astronaut,
john glenn served as a military pilot during world war II and the korean war.
before leaving for combat missions, he always told his wife annie,
“i’m just going to the corner store to get a pack of gum.”
she always replied, “don’t be long.”
” the return makes one love the farewell. “
-alfred de musset
farewell john glenn, one of my heroes.
credits: cnn.com, mental floss, washington post