When NASA launches its subsequent crew aboard a SpaceX Dragon this fall, the mission commander, astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, will develop into the first Native American woman to travel to space.
Mann will be heading to the International Space Station, with liftoff at the moment focused for Sept. 29. She will be joined on the Crew-5 mission by NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.
NASA says this will be her first spaceflight.
Born in California, Mann graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and now holds the rank of colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. She earned her wings as a Navy aviator and deployed twice aboard plane carriers, flying missions in help of fight operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She additionally earned a grasp’s diploma in mechanical engineering from Stanford.
Mann wasas considered one of eight members of the twenty first NASA astronaut class supposed to concentrate on space station operations earlier than attainable assignments to future missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids or, finally, Mars.
In a current interview with Indian Country Today, Mann stated “it’s totally thrilling” to be the first Native woman in space. “I feel it is essential that we talk this to our neighborhood, in order that different Native youngsters, in the event that they thought perhaps that this was not a chance or to notice that a few of these limitations that used to be there are actually beginning to get damaged down,” she advised the publication, which famous that she is an enrolled member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California.
While Mann will earn a spot in the historical past books, NASA astronaut John Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, turned the first Native American in space when he flew aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2002.
Mann’s NASA training contains intensive instruction in International Space Station methods, spacewalks, Russian language coaching, robotics, physiological coaching, T-38 flight coaching and water and wilderness survival coaching.
Mann has achieved quite a few awards, together with two Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.