Taking Flight: 7 Black Female Astronauts and Aviators Who Changed History

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August 3, 2012 ‐ By Terri Williams

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Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Wilson was only the second black female astronaut in NASA’s history. Since she began her training in 1996, she has been on three space shuttle missions and worked at the International Space Station. There was a ten-year lapse between Mae Jemison’s legendary achievement and Stephanie Wilson’s historic feat, and women are still a definite minority at NASA. Wilson explains, “We are finding that women aren’t studying math and science, which are required to become an astronaut. Numbers are increasing but they are still low, and so the pool of applicants for women is still low.”

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  • dontdoit

    My STEM sisters you make me so proud! The story of Bessie Coleman was particularly inspiring. Excellent post!