From Daily Mail: 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 multi-generational 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.

That led to the award by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of a $500,000 contract to study what is neded for long term projects such as interstellar space missions, msnbc reports.

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