Jessica Meir

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Date of Birth July 15, 1977
Place of Birth Maine
Age 43 years old
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Jessica Meir

Jessica Ulrika Meir is a 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.

Nationality: American and Swedish dual citizenship
Status: Active
Born: July 1, 1977, Caribou, Maine, U.S.
Other occupation: astronaut, physiologist
Alma mater: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, International Space University, Brown University, University of British Columbia
Time in space: 204d 15h 19m 00s
Selection: 2013 NASA Group
Total EVAs: 3
Total EVA time: 21h 44m
Missions: Soyuz 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.

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.


She conducted research on the physiology of northern elephant seals, emperor penguins, and bar-headed geese.

Family Life

She grew up in Caribou, Maine. She later attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.


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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  • International Space University alumni
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography alumni
  • Women physiologists
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  • University of British Columbia
  • American underwater divers
  • Aquanauts
  • American marine biologists
  • Mizrahi Jews
  • Explorers of Antarctica
  • American explorers
  • American astronauts
  • NASA people
  • Sephardi Jews
  • Harvard Medical School faculty
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Latest information about Jessica Meir updated on November 24, 2020.

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