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.
|Nationality||American and Swedish dual citizenship|
|Born||Jessica Ulrika Meir, 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 EVA time||21h 44m|
|Missions||Soyuz MS-15 (Expedition 61/62)|
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Physiologist and Harvard professor who was accepted into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s astronaut program in 2013.
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. 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.
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.
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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- Jewish astronauts
- International Space University alumni
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography alumni
- Women physiologists
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- Women astronauts
- University of British Columbia
- American underwater divers
- American marine biologists
- Mizrahi Jews
- Explorers of Antarctica
- American explorers
- American astronauts
- NASA people
- Harvard Medical School faculty
- Sephardi Jews
Latest information about Jessica Meir updated on May 05, 2021.