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Birthday ***, 1977
Place of Birth Maine
Age 43 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
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Jessica Meir

Jessica Ulrika Meir is a Swedish-American NASA astronaut, marine biologist, and physiologist. She was previously Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, following postdoctoral research in comparative physiology at the University of British Columbia. She has studied the diving physiology and behavior of emperor penguins in Antarctica, and the physiology of bar-headed geese, which are able to migrate over the Himalayas. In September 2002, Meir served as an aquanaut on the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 4 crew. In 2013 she was selected by NASA to Astronaut Group 21. Meir launched on September 25, 2019, to the ISS onboard Soyuz MS-15, where she served as a flight Engineer during Expedition 61 and 62. On October 18, 2019, Meir and Christina Koch were the first women to participate in an all-female spacewalk.

NationalityAmerican and Swedish dual citizenship
BornJessica Ulrika Meir, July 1, 1977, Caribou, Maine, U.S.
Other occupationastronaut, physiologist
Alma materScripps Institution of Oceanography, International Space University, Brown University, University of British Columbia
Time in space204d 15h 19m 00s
Selection2013 NASA Group
Total EVAs3
Total EVA time21h 44m
MissionsSoyuz MS-15 (Expedition 61/62)
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About Jessica Meir

Physiologist and Harvard professor who was accepted into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s astronaut program in 2013.

Jessica Meir before fame

After earning a Master's degree from France's International Space University, she received a PhD in physiology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California.

Achievement of Jessica Meir

She conducted research on the physiology of northern elephant seals, emperor penguins, and bar-headed geese. She became a dual American and Swedish citizen, and was the second Swedish citizen in space, as well as the first Swedish female citizen in space.

Jessica Meir family life

She grew up in Caribou, Maine. She later attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She was born to a Swedish mother and an Israeli father.

Associations of Jessica Meir

Prior to becoming an astronaut, she worked as a NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) aquanaut. Fellow astronaut Thomas Marshburn also began his NASA career as a NEEMO aquanaut.

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  • Christer Fuglesang - Arne Christer Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was first launched aboard the STS-116 Space Shuttle mission on December 10, 2006, at 01:47 GMT, making him the first Swedish citizen in space.
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  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography alumni
  • Women physiologists
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  • University of British Columbia
  • American underwater divers
  • Aquanauts
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  • Mizrahi Jews
  • Explorers of Antarctica
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  • Harvard Medical School faculty
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Latest information about Jessica Meir updated on May 05, 2021.

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