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Mission to Space

About John Herrington

John Herrington holds the distinction of being the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. An active and dedicated citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, he was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 2002. Since his space flight, he has led efforts to broaden public awareness of the importance of space travel and has worked to increase interest and opportunities in math and science education among Native American children and youth. He earned a doctorate in education from the University of Idaho in 2014. 

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