First Native American woman to travel to space

  

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Via:  1stwarrior  •  one month ago  •  10 comments

First Native American woman to travel to space
Next month Nasa will send a new crew into space. And for the first time there will be a Native American woman aboard.

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Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, will be mission commander - responsible for all phases of flight.

She will go to the International Space Station on 29 September, Nasa says.

"It's very exciting," she told newspaper Indian Country Today.

"I think it's important that we communicate this to our community, so that other Native kids... realise that some of those barriers that used to be there are really starting to get broken down," she added.

Ms Mann says that in her allocated 3.3 lb (1.4kg) for personal items she will take "a dreamcatcher that my mother gave me when I was very young".

According to the Indigenous Foundation,dreamcatchers symbolise unityand provide protection.

Ms Mann will be with three colleagues on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft as part of the Crew-5 mission.

She could also go to the Moon. In 2020 she was selected to be in apool of astronautseligible for Nasa's Artemis programme that will send humans to the Moon.

Ms Mann, originally from California, studied mechanical engineering at Stanford university.

She become a colonel in the Marine Corps, flying various fighter aircraft. She has been deployed twice on aircraft carriers supporting combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded six medals for her service to the US military.

This expedition will be Mann's first spaceflight since she became an astronaut in 2013, Nasa confirms.

She is one of eight members of the 21st Nasa astronaut class, formed for space station operations and potential future assignments to the Moon and Mars.

She will be joined byastronaut and pilot Josh Cassada, astronaut Koichi Wakata from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.

This is the fifth rotational mission to the International Space Station where the team will conduct 250 scientific experiments which Nasa says willhelp benefit life on Earthand prepare for human exploration beyond the planet.

In 2002, John Herrington, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, was the first Native American man to fly into space. He carried the Nation's flag and a traditional flute on his 13-day voyage.


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1stwarrior
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1  seeder  1stwarrior    one month ago

Just luv seeing these advancements :-)

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     one month ago
She become a colonel in the Marine Corps, flying various fighter aircraft. She has been deployed twice on aircraft carriers supporting combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded six medals for her service to the US military.

Ayiih, a true ogichidaa. 

Congratulations Col. Mann.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3  JohnRussell    one month ago

Good for her, the more Native Americans get publicity in media for these kind of achievements, the more they will be seen as an integral part of American society and culture. 

American Indians have never gotten enough media attention but it seems in the last couple years that may be slowly changing. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago

COL Aunapu-Mann, an athlete, scholar, warrior and now an astronaut.  Amazing achievements. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
5  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one month ago

What wonderful news! She is a wonderful example to Indian children everywhere, that their dreams can go to the heavens. I wish her great success and the spirits of our ancestors go with her.

 
 
 
shona1
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6  shona1    one month ago

Morning...good on her..

Leading the way so others will follow in her footsteps...

 
 
 
Kavika
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7  Kavika     one month ago

The Round Valley Tribe is made up of a confederation of smaller tribes. 

Today, the Yuki are federally recognized along with the Wailacki, Nomlacki, Pitriver, Concow, and Pomo in a confederation respectively known as Round Valley ...

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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7.1  seeder  1stwarrior  replied to  Kavika @7    one month ago

NASA has quite a number of Native Americans working with them - 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8  Gsquared    one month ago

She is very impressive.  I think we can expect many more outstanding achievements from her in the future.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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9  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

I hope that she will write or speak of her experience in space, because it would be edifying to learn of that experience through the eyes of a Native American.  

 
 

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