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Astronaut Mae Jemison moves to new career

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- In 1992 Mae Jemison gained fame as the first black female astronaut to go into space, flying on the shuttle Endeavor.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2005 with 75 to follow.
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The weekly UPI Almanac package for Oct. 17-23, 2005.
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Mass. towns studies social studies

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A new report based on focus groups and surveys on how schools in Newton, Mass., teach social studies finds teachers overwhelmed and parents concerned.

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Today is Sunday, Oct. 17, the 291st day of 2004 with 75 to follow.
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Russian businessmen are being offered a code of moral principles -- modeled after the Ten Commandments -- by the Global All-Russian Orthodox Council.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2003 with 75 to follow.
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Feature: Space technology for earthly ills

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 25 (UPI) -- Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, is taking off on a new venture: to apply the technology that helped her bypass a common side effect of flight in orbit to such earthly ailments as anxiety disorders, high blood pressure and nausea during pr
LIDIA WASOWICZ, UPI Senior Science Writer

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Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an African American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

Mae Carol Jemison was born in Decatur, Alabama, the youngest child of Charlie Jemison and Dorothy Green. Her father was a maintenance supervisor for a charity organization, and her mother worked most of her career as an elementary school teacher of English and math at the Beethoven School in Chicago. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois, when Jemison was three years old, to take advantage of better educational opportunities there. Jemison says that as a young girl growing up in Chicago she always assumed she would get into space. "I thought, by now, we'd be going into space like you were going to work." She said it was easier to apply to be a shuttle astronaut, "rather than waiting around in a cornfield, waiting for ET to pick me up or something."

As a child growing up, Jemison learned to make connections to science by studying nature. "It sounds a little gross, but I was fascinated with pus," Jemison said. Once when a splinter infected her thumb as a little girl, Jemison's mother turned it into a learning experience. She ended up doing a whole project about pus. Jemison wouldn't let anyone dissuade her from pursuing a career in science. "In kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I told her a scientist," Jemison says. "She said, 'Don't you mean a nurse?' Now, there's nothing wrong with being a nurse, but that's not what I wanted to be."

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