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Liftoff on November 23, 2002, set in motion a lot more than space shuttle Endeavour for NASA astronaut John Herrington, Chickasaw. After retiring from NASA, he embarked on a bicycle ride called Rocket Trek across Turtle Island to get Native students engaged with science and math—and discovered two life passions. . . .
“I’m researching students on the Duck Valley Reservation, the Shoshone-Paiute tribes,” Herrington said. “My research shows that they increased their interest in math and science after exposure to this NASA program. I will graduate in May.”