With SpaceX, Nicole Mann is the first Native American in space

SPACE – On Wednesday October 5, a SpaceX rocket took off, heading for the International Space Station (ISS). If the flight – carried out on behalf of NASA – is particularly talked about, it is because it transports the Russian cosmonaut, Anna Kikina, even though tensions between Washington and Moscow have been at their height since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

As you can see in the video above, the Crew-5 crew is also made up of three other members, including Nicole Aunapu Mann who, by joining this mission, becomes the first Native American to go into space.

An inspiring journey

The 45-year-old, a member of the Wailaki Indigenous people, hopes to inspire young Native Americans. In an interview with the BBCthe astronaut said ” I hope it will inspire them to realize their dreams and realize that the barriers that existed are beginning to fall.”.

Indeed, his career has what it takes to arouse vocations. Her profile published on the NASA website tells us that she has, in particular, obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and that she reached the rank of colonel in the Marine Corps after training as a pilot in the naval aviation. Nicole Mann joined NASA in 2013.

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