When astronaut John Herrington made his voyage to space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-113 mission, he became the first Native American in space. An enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, Herrington carried its flag on his 13-day trip to space, as well as several personal items with him. Among those items was this traditional flute.

Born in Wetumka, Oklahoma, into the Chickasaw Nation, Herrington built his career on service. He received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1984 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1985. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1996, after earning a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering in June 1995.

In July 2004, Herrington served as the commander of the NEEMO 6 mission, an analog mission that served as a field test in locations that have physical similarities to the extreme space environments. He and his crew lived and worked underwater for 10 days. Herrington retired from the Navy and NASA in July 2005.


Image Credit: used by permission of the Museum of the American Indian


赫林顿出生在俄克拉何马州的威图姆卡(Wetumka),属于奇克索族(Chickasaw Nation)。他于1984年3月从航空军官候选人学校获得委任,并于1985年3月被任命为海军飞行员。他在1995年6月获得航空工程硕士学位后,于1996年被选为宇航员候选人。

2004年7月20日,赫林顿在NEEMO 6号任务中担任指挥官,这是一项模拟任务,在与极端空间境具有物理相似性的地点进行实地试验。他和他的船员在下生活和工作了10天。2005年7月,赫林顿从海军和NASA退役。

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