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Former astronaut Mae Jemison wins NASA’s 100-Year Starship contract


You can laugh at Star Trek and its fans all you want, but what if we told you the winning idea for the 100-Year Starship program sponsored by DARPA and NASA might just have started when a little girl watched Lt. Uhura strut her stuff on the Enterprise?

Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space and Renaissance woman, submitted the winning proposal, the name of which is even awesome: “An Inclusive Audacious Journey Transforms Life Here on Earth & Beyond.”

According to the BBC:

With Nasa scaling back its manned space programmes, the idea of a manned trip to the stars, which is well beyond any current technology, may sound audacious.

But the goal is not to have the government fund the actual building of spacecraft destined for the stars, but rather to create a foundation that can last 100 years in order to help foster the research needed for interstellar travel.

Jemison will work with the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, Icarus Interstellar and the Foundation for Enterprise development using the $500,000 award money to flesh out the idea on which further details have yet to be released. With Star Trek as a starting point, though, we all know the sky’s the limit.

Full story at BBC via The Mary Sue.

The next 100 years in space.

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  • Dennis Hall

    Congratulations Ms. Jemison! You are a profound role model. Thank you for your service! Dennis