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Sept. 12, 1992: Dr. Mae Jemison Becomes First African American Woman in Space

On this day in 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to travel through space. She served as Mission Specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47.

WTCI’s Alison Lebovitz discusses the legacy of the first woman of color to travel beyond the stratosphere on “The A List with Alison Lebovitz.” Watch the interview here.

Photos: NASA

Jemison appeared on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me in 2013 and told host Peter Sagal how she geeked out about Star Trek as a young woman, relished dancing in the Space Shuttle Endeavour, abhorred using diapers in space, and much more.

She also described what it felt like to finally achieve her dream of visiting space:

And I remember one time actually we flew through the Southern Lights… They’re these shimmering curtain of lights. So there’s nothing that you could have ever seen in a science fiction movie that would even come close to seeing that in person.

Pretty stellar.



Anonymous asked:

Why are mosquitos attracted more to some people than others?

Great question!

Mosquitoes suck — literally. Studies suggest that they are attracted to heavy breathers. They can detect the carbon dioxide that we exhale from really far away. It’s like a dinner bell to them.

Some people may smell good to the critters. They can be lured in by body odors chemicals such as lactic acid. More active people may produce more of the alluring scents than others — ah!

Mosquitoes like certain skin bacteria as well. Your microbial residents may be flavorful to them. A price we pay for sharing our body space with those microorganisms.

A few other factors may include body heat, blood type, and genetics. One study shows that drinking beer can attract the insects as well.

Put it all together: body odor, heat, heavy breathing, and alcohol consumption. If you were a mosquito, a summer BBQ would be the perfect place to go to get your slurp on.

Science Friend jtotheizzoe has a great video about mosquitoes. Check it out to absorb more information.

Thanks for asking!

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