First American Woman in Space Back on Earth

Nicole Aunapu Mann was the first Native American woman to go into space. She and three other spaces from the U.S., Japan, and Russia landed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Florida, at about 9:02 p.m. EST on Saturday ravelersnight.

After a nearly 19-hour flight from the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Josh Cassada, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, they landed safely on Earth.

“That was quite a ride,” Mann said over the radio after the spacecraft touched down. “We’re glad to be back at home. “Can’t wait until the next time.”

Mann, from the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California, said she couldn’t wait to feel the wind on her face and eat food from the Earth.

After 157 days in space, Mann and his crew came back to Earth. NASA says that the staff of the ISS went around the Earth 2,512 times, covering more than 66 million miles, before returning home.

On October 5, 2022, Mann became the first Native American woman to enter space. She was in charge of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission in the area of the Endurance Dragon spacecraft. The SpaceX Crew-5 mission was sent to the International Space Station with four other astronauts on board.

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