The first Native American woman in space

NASA astronaut Nicole Mann a member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California

By Marcia Dunn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -The first Native American woman in space said Wednesday she is overwhelmed by the beauty and delicacy of Mother Earth and is channeling “positive energy’’ as her five-month mission gets underway. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann said from the International Space Station that she’s received lots of prayers and blessings from her family and tribal community. She is a member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California. Mann showed off the dream catcher she took up with her, a childhood gift from her mother that she’s always held dear. The small traditional webbed hoop with feathers is used to offer protection, and she said it’s given her strength during challenging times, such as when she was…

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