Trailblazing astronaut John Herrington of the Chickasaw Nation is a walking legend and an inspiration to many. He has logged more than 330 hours in space and later earned a PhD in education so he could inspire young people to get excited about STEM education. John’s unique journey to space, which included being kicked out of college, proves that following your dreams doesn’t come without obstacles. Viewing Earth from space helped John appreciate what he had taken for granted, that our planet is fragile and that defending nature had to be his life’s work. Now, as one of the stars of Into America's Wild he will guide viewers on a cross-country adventure into the hidden wonders of the natural world. John will be speaking before screenings of Into America’s Wild at Marbles IMAX on Saturday, April 18. Learn about how he overcame many obstacles in his life to become the first Native American to travel to space and how all of us can help protect our fragile planet.
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John B. Herrington is a retired United States Naval Aviator, Naval Test Pilot, and NASA Astronaut. A native of Wetumka, Oklahoma, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He enlisted in the Navy, earning a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a place in NASA's Group 16 Astronaut Class of 1996. In 2002, Commander Herrington flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-113, the 112th Shuttle mission, logging more than 330 hours in space and performing 19 hours, 55 minutes of Extra-Vehicular Activity. He is the 143rd person to walk in space, and the first Native American in history. Since retiring from NASA, his focus has been promoting STEM education and careers, particularly for Native American youth. He undertook RocketTrek, a 4,300-mile cross-country solo bicycle ride from Makah, Washington to Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center, earned a PhD in education from the University of Idaho, and wrote a children's book, Mission to Space. He serves as Judge Advisor for Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics and supports cultural and educational initiatives across the country.