On Wednesday, a US astronaut has become the first Native American woman in space. A 45-year-old Marine Colonel Nicole Mann was one of four astronauts that took off from Florida at noon for the International Space Station (ISS). In around 29 hours, the SpaceX Falcon rocket will catch the orbiting outpost.
Young Native American youngsters will be inspired, in her words, “to follow their dreams and realize that some of those barriers that are there or used to be there are being broken down.”
Col. Mann, a US Marine Corps pilot with a Wailacki Indian Tribe registration, has a wealth of expertise flying a different of aircraft. She has been established in both Iraq and Afghanistan and has received six medals for her service.
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