Sometimes, what we all need to hear is the story of someone achieving their dreams. And very often, the best person to hear that from is an astronaut.

Tomorrow, October 17th, is the birthday of a fantastic woman who opened the door for countless others. Mae Jemison knew when she was a child that she would be going to space, and on September 12, 1992, she did just that—showing the world that diversity in programs like NASA only helps us all progress.

We’re all in space right now.

If ever you need some perspective on our world, you may want to go listen to an astronaut. They’re the ones who have seen, with their own eyes, our place in the universe. They’ve experienced what it’s like to not be a part of this earth and what life would be like if we didn’t have it.

They’ll also give a gentle nod to the fact that right now, at this very moment, every single one of us is in space.

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An Astronaut’s Perspective on Earth

Can a view change our perspective? While many of us may never see Earth from above, hearing astronauts talk about seeing Earth from space serves as a beautiful reminder of the broader picture we are a part of!

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Mae Jemison’s story didn’t start with the mission of “becoming the first African-American woman in space” even though that’s who she became. No, her journey began with a childhood desire to be among the stars.

Here she is talking about her story in a wonderful short feature from NOVA. Take a look…

If diversity on Earth only makes it a richer place, including everyone in the human expeditions outside of the planet can only make these missions more beneficial for us all. When we celebrate the heroes from all kinds of backgrounds we empower more kids to, in this case quite literally, reach for the stars!

So, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Are you doing it now? Is there something else that you’d like to do in the future?

There’s still time.

You can learn more about Mae Jemison amazing journey (and celebrate her birthday) by looking at her page on!

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Sally Ride: Pioneer, Astronaut, Icon

Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, but her path to becoming an icon for equality was riddled with moments that exemplified why diversity is so very important to progress. Here are some of those stories in her own words...

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  1. “Mae Jemison: I Wanted To Go Into Space.” YouTube, NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, 31 July 2014, Accessed 19 Sept. 2018.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.