NASA PROFILE: Meet Astronaut John Harrington, First Native American in Space Performed Three Spacewalks

Harrington logged over 330 hours in space

Astronaut John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialist, floats on the mid-deck of the Space Shuttle Endeavour in this image from Nov. 30, 2002. When he traveled to space as part of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s STS-113 mission, he became the first Native American in space. (NASA image)

(NASA) – Astronaut John B. Herrington was selected as a Mission Specialist for STS-113, the 16th Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

Endeavour was launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 23, 2002, to deliver the P1 Truss segment, which provides structural support for the Space Station radiators.

Endeavour also delivered a new Expedition 6 crew to the Station, returning to Earth on December 7, 2002, with the Expedition 5 crew ending their 6-month stay in space. The total mission duration was 13 days, 18 hours and 47 minutes.

During the mission, Herrington performed three spacewalks, totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes. These spacewalks are commemorated on the reverse of the 2019 Sacagawea dollar coin. from Nov. 30, 2002.

When he traveled to space as part of 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, including a traditional flute.

On STS-113, he logged over 330 hours in space, including three EVAs totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes.

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