First Native American woman breaks space barriers


Last updated 11/28/2022 at 11:14am

Courtesy of NASA

Nicole Mann poses for a portrait in a T-38 trainer jet at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, in 2018.

HOUSTON, Tex.-Recently the Dragon Endurance spacecraft, built by SpaceX, launched a voyage to the International Space Station. The flight made history because one of the astronauts, mission commander Nicole Mann, became the first Native American woman to enter space.

Mann, a 45-year-old member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, is serving as mission commander for the SpaceX Crew-5 mission. The flight marked the sixth time Elon Musk's space company has ferried astronauts to the ISS on behalf of NASA.

Mann's flight comes 20 years after the first Native American man walked in spac...

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