Nicole Aunapu Mann will command NASA's Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station if everything goes according to plan.

According to NASA, Mann, a Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California, will lead the SpaceX Crew-5 mission, which is scheduled to blast off on October 3.

According to NASA, she will work as a flight engineer on Expedition 68 aboard the space station.

26 August (Reuters) Nine long years have passed as Nicole Aunapu Mann has longed to experience space travel.

According to Nicole Mann, becoming the first Native American woman in

The first Native American woman in space will be Mann. John Herrington became the first Native American to travel to space in 2002.

I'm quite proud "Mann said. "It's crucial that we acknowledge and express our diversity, especially to the younger generation.

We really don't have a lot of opportunities to connect with that audience, in my opinion, she remarked.