A UCSD alumnus en route to the International Space Station mission



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Astronaut Jessica Meir during a training exercise. The former UCSD has been hired for a six-month mission on the ISS.
(Photo: James Blair / NASA)

SAN DIEGO – UC San Diego graduate Jessica Meir has been hired for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

Meir dreams of traveling in space since his first year of school. This dream will finally be realized in September when she co-pilots a Soyuz spacecraft up to the space station, writes the San Diego Union-Tribune. She will remain at the ISS for six months to conduct scientific research.

Meir earned a Ph.D. in marine biology from the UCSD's Scripps Insitution of Oceanography in 2009, according to her biography of NASA. She started working with the agency in 2000 and completed the training of astronaut candidates in July 2015.

Meir's expertise is based on the physiology of animals in extreme environments.

In a video posted on the ISS's Twitter account, Meir spoke more about her enthusiasm for the trip:

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