October 17 Birthday: Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison, astronaut
Oct. 17, 1956-


Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1998)

Jemison, a medical doctor, was the first African American women astronaut. She flew on the Endeavor in 1992.

Check out the NASA Kids site for games, stories, activities and a cool kids’ club.

August 5 Birthday: ONE GIANT LEAP: THE STORY OF NEIL ARMSTRONG

Neil Armstrong, American astronaut
Aug. 5, 1930-


One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 1998)

An ordinary boy. An extraordinary adult. Imagine. Walking on the moon. Armstrong’s childhood sets the stage for his historic lunar landing in this introduction to an American hero.

The Armstrong Air and Space Museum chronicles Ohio’s contributions to space flight.Or click on over to NASA’s Kid Page.