Mae, tone number 6, is named after the first black woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.
She was interesting in science as a young child but not encouraged by her teachers who suggested she didn’t want to be a scientist but rather a nurse. She says ‘the best way to make dreams come true is to wake up!’ Take your dreams as a challenge and a call to action.
‘It’s your place in the world; It’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it and make it the life you want to live.’
Mae Jemison – Engineer, Physician and Astronaut
Mae also wanted to be a dancer and aimed for both a career as a doctor and as a dancer. I love the attitude of her mother who said, ‘You can always dance if you’re a doctor, but you can’t doctor if you’re a dancer.’
When Mae saw Sally Ride become a female astronaut she realised doors were opening and still with her original dream of becoming an astronaut, she reapplied to NASA and went into space in 1992.
She says her parents were the best scientists because they were always asking questions.
And she even got to appear in an episode of Star Trek (of which I am very excited about!).