NASA will send a new crew for conducting some missions related to the International Space Station (ISS), the crew will include for the first time a native American astronaut will be sent to the space.
Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann who is a member of Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes will be the commander of the mission. She will be responsible for all phases of flight.
The space journey is scheduled for 29 September, according to Nasa.
Mann told Indian Country Today newspaper: “It’s very exciting.”
She added: “I think it’s important that we communicate this to our community, so that other Native kids… realize that some of those barriers that used to be there are really starting to get broken down.”
When she was asked about what the personal item she would take, she replied “a dreamcatcher that my mother gave me when I was very young.” She described that this dreamcatchers symbolizes unity and provides protection.
Mann will be sent to space with three colleagues on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft as part of the Crew-5 mission.
Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, and Jessica Watkins, and Samantha Cristoforetti from the European Space Agency to the International Space Station.
They used SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, and it was named Freedom by the crew.
It was launched by Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida at 3:52 a.m. EDT.