NOVEMBER 3, 2002

CHICKASAW NASA ASTRONAUT JOHN HERRINGTON BECOMES 1ST ENROLLED NATIVE AMERICAN  IN SPACE

Born September 14, 1958, in Wetumka, Oklahoma, John graduated high school in Plano, Texas (1976) and earned a Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics) from the University of Colorado (1983).   Entering the U.S. Navy (1984), he earned his wings and flew the P-3C Orion.  In 1990, Herrington graduated from the Navy’s Test Pilot School and earned a Masters in Science (Aeronautical Engineering) from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (1995).  Selected by NASA (1996), John flew on STS-113 Endeavour (2002) and did 3 EVAs (spacewalks).  In 2004, he commanded NEEMO 6 aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory.  Retiring from the Navy & NASA (2005), Herrington worked at Rocketplane until 2007.  In 2008, he made a 3-month bicycle trip across America.  John earned his PhD (education) from the University of Idaho (2014).  He is in the Chickasaw (2002), International Air & Space (2017), and National Native American (2018) Halls of Fame.  In 2016, he authored a children’s book called Mission to Space. 

Sources:
  “John Bennett Herrington (Commander, USN, Ret.) NASA Astronaut (Former), Biographical Data, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Retrieved 8/2/2020,  https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/herrington_john.pdf
 “NEEMO-6,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 8/3/2004.  Retrieved 8/2/2020, NASA 
https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/support/training/neemo/neemo6/
Photo:  NASA, 2002.  Public Domain.  Source: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-113/html/jsc2002e21740.html. 

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