Mae Jemison to head 100-year project to go beyond the solar system

Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. PHOTO/Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

The astronaut who became the first black woman in space in 1992 has been chosen to skipper the ‘100 Year Starship’ project.

Mae Jemison will lead the project to explore what it would take for a multigenerational mission beyond the solar system.

Jemison, 55, from Alabama, played a key role in setting up the 100 Year Starship symposium organized last year by NASA and the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Florida

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