September 25, 2023
U.S. NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann will visit Estonia this week. During her trip, she will give lectures to students, meet with Estonian government representatives, and learn about Estonia’s space and science programs from businesses and entrepreneurs. Astronaut Mann will visit Hiiumaa, Tartu, and Tallinn.
Astronaut Mann is the first indigenous woman and person with Estonian heritage from NASA to go to space. She launched to the International Space Station as commander of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, Endurance, on October 5, 2022. The international crew of four spent 157 days in orbit. Mann conducted two spacewalks totaling 14 hours, 02 minutes.
Astronaut Mann’s visit highlights the strong ties between the U.S. and Estonia, and our shared commitment to Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM). Astronaut Mann will also meet with students from across Estonia who participate in the GLOBE (GLobal Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program, an international science and education program that focuses on promoting scientific literacy and building connections between people passionate about the environment.
Photo of Astronaut Mann is available here: