To celebrate Black History Month, Reception learnt about the fascinating woman, Mae Jemison.
Mae Jemison was the first black female astronaut to go to outer space. However, her journey was not always an easy one.
When Mae was little, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut.
Mae noticed that none of the astronauts she saw on the television were black or women. Mae wanted to change this. She wanted to become an astronaut herself and travel to space.
Time after time, Mae was told she would never become an astronaut because she was a black woman. They told her to stop dreaming.
But Mae's mum had faith in her. She encouraged her to follow her dreams and that she could become whatever she wanted.
So Mae kept going. She worked hard and went to college and then to university.
And all her hard work paid off. Mae eventually was offered a job at NASA. She became the first black woman to visit space!