Space Station Welcomes First Native American Woman Among New Crew

A SpaceX capsule carrying a crew of astronauts, including Nicole Mann, the first native American woman in space, docked to the International Space Station on Thursday, October 6.

The Crew-5 members include astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada of NASA, astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and cosmonaut Anna Kikina, according to NASA.

NASA said the crew will spend months aboard the orbiting laboratory conducting more than 200 experiments. Credit: International Space Station via Storyful

Video transcript

- And here we come through. First one through the hatch, it's going to be Nicole Mann, commander of Dragon, and now the first Native American woman to live and stay aboard the International Space Station. All hugs and smiles going around.

The next one through the hatch is Josh Cassada, the pilot of Dragon, he's getting his welcome and hellos from the crew aboard International Space Station. And we see right now, right past Nicole Mann's hair, it's Koichi Wakata of JAXA coming through the hatch.

And last but not least, Anna Kikina of Roscosmos just entered the International Space Station. And Crew-5 is officially ingress from Dragon endurance into their home for the next six months, the International Space Station. With the addition of Crew-5 on board, there is currently 11 astronauts inside the International Space Station.