Nicole Mann says being the first Native American woman in space makes her proud.

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Nicole Aunapu Mann has waited nine long years for the chance to go to space.

Waited for nine years long

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If all goes right, that wait will end on Oct. 03, when she will lead Nasa’s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station.

The first Native American to go into space was John Herrington in 2002.

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Nicole Aunapu Mann will be the first Native American woman in space.

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“That’s really, I think, an audience that we don’t get an opportunity to reach out to very often,” Nicole said.

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With her journey into space just weeks away, Nicole says she will be taking a few mementos into orbit to remind her of home, among them a ‘dreamcatcher,’.

Native American protective charm

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Nicole Aunapu Mann, a marine colonel with a master’s in mechanical engineering, was recruited into Nasa in 2013.

Joined Nasa in 2013

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