Photo courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, nasa.gov (accessed January 16, 2013).
Date of Birth: September 14, 1958
Oklahoma Connection: Born in Wetumka, Oklahoma
Missions: Endeavour STS-113
John Herrington is a Chickasaw Indian and was the first American Indian to go to space. He earned a B.S. from the University of Colorado. He joined the Navy and learned to fly airplanes. He then earned his M.S. degree from the US Navy Postgraduate School. Herrington flew in the shuttle Endeavor to the International Space Station as a mission specialist where he installed new parts on the space station. He spent 330 hours and forty-seven minutes in space.
Newspaper clipping from The Daily Oklahoman, date unknown (1980.011, Jerry Elliott Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division).
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Video of launch (1980.11, Jerry Elliott Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division)