The US Department of Defense wants to enter another solar system. Who do they call? A black woman, of course.

Black people have always had strong connections to space, science fiction, and the unknown. Now, first black woman astronaut Mae Jemison looks to continue that legacy by taking us out of this world. Jemison now runs The 100-Year Starship, a project that will figure out how to take make interstellar travel sustainable.

“Today, Mae Jemison may be best known as the first black female astronaut to travel to space, but someday she could be known for something much more monumental. That’s because she is now at the helm of what could well be the most audacious project ever imagined: a Pentagon-funded effort meant to lead within 100 years to a spaceship that will take humans to the stars.”

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