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First Native American woman to travel to space

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Next month Nasa will send a new crew into space. And for the first time there will be a Native American woman aboard.

Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes, will be mission commander - responsible for all phases of flight.

She will go to the International Space Station on 29 September, Nasa says.

"It's very exciting," she told newspaper Indian Country Today.

She will be joined by astronaut and pilot Josh Cassada, astronaut Koichi Wakata from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.




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A US astronaut has become the first Native American woman in space following a Nasa launch on Wednesday,

Marine Colonel Nicole Mann, 45, is one of four astronauts who blasted off from Florida at midday bound for the International Space Station (ISS).

The SpaceX Falcon rocket put them on a path to catch the orbiting outpost in about 29 hours' time.


Watch: SpaceX crew blast off to join International Space Station

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