Space

Astronaut Becomes first Native American Woman in Space

By Aazam

October 12, 2022

An American astronaut has become the first Native American woman to go into space following a NASA launch on Wednesday

Marine Colonel Nicole Mann, 45, is one of four astronauts who took off from Florida in the afternoon for the International Space Station

The SpaceX Falcon rocket put them on their way to capture the orbiting outpost in about 29 hours' time

According to the US National Center for Education Statistics, in 2017, only 27% of Native Americans earned an associate degree higher than 54% of white students

After completing his astronaut training in 2015, Colonel Mann had to wait to make his space debut

He added that "I also have a special Dreamcatcher that my mom gave me that would be another little piece of my family to take with me

Col. Mann, Mr. Kasada and Ms. Kikina have never been to space before, Mr. Wakata of Japan is a highly experienced traveler\has already orbited four times

Having previously flown atop three space shuttles and a Russian Soyuz capsule, he now joins a select group of astronauts

His first week will be spent shaking hands with Crew 4, which will then depart for Earth on October 12

The returning astronauts include Samantha Cristoforetti, Europe's first female commander of the International Space Station