The Mission to Round Valley: Navigating and Connecting Native American Tribes with Space Shuttle Programs, Launching and Returning with Crew-5
In her role as commander, Mann will be responsible for ensuring the spacecraft is on track from the time it launches until it docks with the ISS and again when it returns home with the four Crew-5 astronauts next year. NASA retired its Space Shuttle Program in 2011; a couple women worked in that position, but never a woman was in the position of commander on a space mission.
Mann told reporters at a Saturday news conference that the launch would be a “special part” of his childhood and his community.
Her crewmates represent a wide range of cultural beliefs. She will fly alongside five other people, three of which are from the US and one from Japan.
Mann said he is proud to represent Native Americans. “I think it’s important to celebrate our diversity and also realize how important it is when we collaborate and unite, the incredible accomplishments that we can have.”
Mann grew up in Northern California and is a registered member of the Wailacki tribe of the Round Valley reservation, which encompasses several Indigenous tribes that were forced onto the same post-colonial reservation in the mid-1800s.
“A lot of my extended family still lives in that area,” Mann told Indian Country Today in August. We got together for a family gathering a few weeks ago. So it’s really important, I think, for us to continue to create those bonds.”
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A colonel in the Marine Corps, Mann began a military career as a second lieutenant in 1999, according to NASA’s website. Two years later, she began flight training and went on serve two deployments, supporting combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to NASA. She earned a seat as a test pilot, flying F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft.
“I was in my mid 20s,” she told reporters in August. Being an explorer is a possible dream, but one that’s quite doable. I think as a young girl, I just didn’t realize that that was an opportunity and a possibility.”
“We hope that this will inspire young children throughout the world that come from varying, different backgrounds,” she said. “In fact, I hope it inspires adults as well to follow your dreams and to realize that the limitations that we may have had in the past are starting to be broken down.”
More than a dozen Black Americans — including five Black women — have traveled to space since Guion Bluford became the first to do so in 1983. Since 2000, the International Space Station has hosted over 250 astronauts, but not a single black woman has ever been in space for an extended period.
Since then, NASA has worked to make its astronaut corps more diverse. The space agency’s new, cornerstone human spaceflight program, called Artemis, aims to land the first woman and first person of color on the moon.
The Artemis program hasn’t taken off yet, as NASA is still working to get its mega moon rocket off the ground. Mann was selected to be one of 18 people who will be on the first moon landing mission.
The diverse group of Artemis astronauts have been taking turns traveling to the ISS, where they conduct science experiments and keep of the maintenance of the aging space station as well as prepare for a possible journey to deep space later this decade.
“What we are going to do in low-Earth orbit is a stepping stone to achieve those goals of exploration into deep space,” Mann said, using the term “low-Earth orbit” to refer to the area of space where the ISS orbits. “We’re going to gain a ton of experience flying in low-Earth orbit, and any of us could be assigned to an Artemis mission in the future. One day, hopefully, we will walk on the moon together. I think that.
The Crew-5 mission is a joint venture between NASA and the private space company, in which five astronauts are flying to the space station.
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NASA shared footage of the crew on their capsule, sharing excitement as they explained that they brought along a small stuffed doll in the likeness of Albert Einstein. The crew entered weightlessness when the toy floated around the cabin.
Einstein, who first conceptualized the Theory of Relativity, had the “happiest thought of his entire life” when he realized that a “person in freefall can feel their own weight,” Cassada explained in a dispatch from the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
“We live in the same world, we live in the same universe. Sometimes we experience it differently than our neighbors. We can all keep that in mind … and continue to do amazing things,” Cassada said, and Kikina could be seen pumping her fist as he spoke. Do it together.
On this flight, Mann, a registered member of the Wailacki tribe of the Round Valley Reservation, became the first Native American woman ever to travel to orbit.
At a time when the US-Russian relationship is at its lowest point, Russia’s ROScosmos cosmonaut launched on a Space X vehicle.
The Crew Dragon, the vehicle that carries the astronauts, will detach from the rocket after launch and spend up to one day maneuvering through the atmosphere towards the International Space Station. The capsule is slated to dock with the space station at 2:38 a.m. ET Tuesday.
For nearly a decade after the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program in 2011, the United States had to rely on purchasing seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to get its astronauts to and from the ISS. SpaceX renewed orbital human spaceflight capabilities from US soil in 2020 with the launch of its Demo-2 mission, which carried two NASA astronauts to the space station.
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After she got to the Florida launch site on Saturday, she told reporters she loved her crewmates. “I really feel good, comfortable. … We will do our job the best we can.
Sergei Krikalev, the executive director of Human Space Flight Programs at Russia’s space agency, spoke about the significance of the US and Russian partnership.
Mann, who was born and lived in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, joined NASA with her fellow engineer Josh CASsada. Cassada has described Mann as one of his “closest friends on the planet.”
For veteran astronaut Wakata, who has previously flown on both NASA’s space shuttle and Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft, this trip marks his fifth spaceflight mission.
“I still remember when I first flew and saw our beautiful home planet,” he recalled during an August press conference. I felt very lucky to live on this planet, it was so beautiful.
After reaching the ISS, the crew will join the seven astronauts already aboard the ISS — including four NASA astronauts, a European Space Agency astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts.
“Experiments will include studies on printing human organs in space, understanding fuel systems operating on the Moon, and better understanding heart disease,” according to NASA.
The idea behind the program was to move NASA into a customer role — allowing private companies to design, build and test a new spacecraft to serve NASA astronauts while still giving the company ownership over the vehicle.
Officials at NASA have continued to extend the agency’s partnership with SpaceX, growing the value of their overall deal to encompass 15 total crewed missions at a value of more than $4.9 billion.
Under a fixed-price contract, the Crew Dragon is still owned by the company. That means the privately held company also has the ability to sell seats to whomever it wishes. The Crew Dragon missions were funded by wealthy thrill-seekers. And there are future private missions in the works.
The Crew Dragon capsule is set to leave NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at1:45 a.m. on Monday.
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Some of the Crew6 astronauts will conduct research into how some substances burn in the microgravity environment while in space, and they will also conduct research into the effects on flora and fauna outside of the International Space Station.
The Crew 5 astronauts on the space station are working on a separate transportation issue. In December, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft that had been used to transport two cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut to the space station sprang a coolant leak. After the capsule was deemed unsafe to return the astronauts, Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, launched a replacement vehicle on February 23. It arrived at the ISS on Saturday.
Russian cosmonaut Fedyaev joined the Crew-6 team as part of a ride-sharing agreement inked last year between NASA and Roscosmos. The deal aims to ensure that astronauts from the two countries can still go to the International Space Station, should either the Crew Dragon capsule or the Russian Soyuz capsule go out of service.
The United States and Russia continue to be the primary partners on the International Space Station. NASA has repeatedly said the conflict has had no impact on cooperation between the countries’ space agencies.
“Space cooperation has a very long history, and we are setting the example of how people should be living on Earth,” Fedyaev said during a news briefing on January 24.
“I’ve been working and training with the cosmonauts for over 20 years now, and it’s always been amazing,” he said during the briefing. “Once you get to space it’s just one crew, one vehicle, and we all have the same goal.”
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After finishing his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1986, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to obtain a masters degree in ocean engineering in 1993.
He is the first submarine officer to ever be chosen by the space agency, after completing military submarine training and previously serving in the Navy.
Hoburg, who is serving as pilot for this mission, is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native who completed a doctorate degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, before becoming an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. He joined NASA in July of last year.
We are going to be living in space for six months. I think back to six months ago and think — OK, that’s a long time,” Hoburg told reporters about his expectations for the journey.
But, Hoburg added, “I’m deeply looking forward to that first look out the cupola,” referring to the well-known area on the ISS that features a large window offering panoramic views of Earth.
Alneyadi, who was Hazza Al Mansouri’s backup, is on his way to becoming the first Emirati to complete a long-duration stay in space.
In a January news conference, Alneyadi said he planned to bring Middle Eastern food to share with his crewmates while in space. He will also be packing a kimono, which is the martial art’s traditional uniform.
“It’s hard to believe that this is really happening,” Alneyadi said at a news conference after arriving at Kennedy Space Center on February 21. I can not request more of a team. I think we are ready — physically, mentally and technically.”
Two other missions will stop by the space station while they are there. The first mission under a partnership between Boeing and NASA will be the Boeing Crew Flight Test. The flight in April will mark the last phase of a testing and demonstration program Boeing needs to carry out to certify its Starliners for regular astronauts missions.
The group of astronauts that will be going on the tourism mission to the space station will arrive in May. The mission was brokered and organized by a Texas based space tourism company and it will include a former NASA astronauts, who is now a private astronaut with the company.
He said it was another paradigm shift. “Those two events — huge events — in spaceflight happening during our increment, on top of all the other work we get to do, I don’t think we’re going to fully be able to absorb it until after the fact.”