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NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunap Mann Makes History in Space

When NASA launches its next crew aboard the SpaceX Dragon this fall, astronaut mission commander Nicole Aunap Mannwill: Become the first Native American woman. to travel to space.

Mann is scheduled to head to the International Space Station, and her launch is currently targeted for September 29th. The Crew 5 mission will include NASA astronaut Josh Kasada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Russian cosmonauts. Astronaut Anna Kikina. 

NASA says this will be her first space flight.

NASA astronaut Nicole Mann
NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann  NASA

Born in California, Mann graduated from the United States Naval Academy and currently holds the rank of Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. She earned her wings as a naval aviator and on an aircraft carrier she deployed twice, flying missions in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. 

Mann June 2013 by NASA 21st NASA Eight Selected as one of the members of the astronaut class to focus on space station operations before possible assignment to future missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids, or eventually Mars

In a recent interview with Indian Country Today, Mann said it was "very exciting" to be the first indigenous woman in space. "I think it's important to communicate this to our community so that other native children probably don't think this is possible, or that the barriers that were there once were." You can see that some are really starting to fall apart." She told the publication that she was a registered member of the Round Valley Indian Tribe of Northern California. While making history, NASA astronaut John Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Tribe, became the first Native American to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. 2002.

Mann's NASA training included International Space Station systems, spacewalks, Russian language training, robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and Includes intensive instruction on water and wilderness survival. training.

NASA's @SpaceX #Crew5 missions are @AstroDuke and @astro_josh, JAXA Astronaut @Astro_Wakata, and Roscosmos Astronaut Anna Kikina to@Space_Station by September 29. 4 →

— NASA Astronauts (@NASA_Astronauts) August 2, 2022

Mann has received numerous awards, including two Air Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medals. . 

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