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Native America Calling: Inspiring space exploration
Monday, September 12, 2022

Inspiring space exploration
Nicole Aunapu Mann is scheduled to become the first Indigenous woman in space later this month with the launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew Dragon.

The Wailacki Nation (Round Valley Indian Tribes) astronaut is headed to the International Space Station as the mission commander. The space flight also comes as NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope is providing awe-inspiring images and scientific revelations that promise new insights into the origins of the universe.

Monday on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce hears from Native NASA scientists and engineers about how Native people are playing bigger roles in major space exploration advances.

Guests on Native America Calling
Dr. Aaron Yazzie (Diné), mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

George Gorospe (Laguna Pueblo), senior research engineer at NASA Ames Research Center

Edward Gonzales (Apache and Mexican), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead for NASA

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