NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
Born July 15, 1977 in Caribou, Maine.
She graduated from high school in Caribou, Maine.
In 1999 she received a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
In 2000 she received a Master’s degree in space research from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.
In 2009 she received a Ph.D. in marine biology (the immersion physiology) from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, California.
AWARDS AND HONORARY TITLES
Fellowship of the American Society of Physiologists to a young scientist (2013); scholarship of the National Science Foundation (2009); Student Award from the Philanthropic Educational Organization (2008); encouraging student scholarship for achievements in science (2006); Department of Defence Fellowship (2003); Lockheed Martin Special Achievement Award (2002); title of the best employee of the month of Lockheed Martin Corporation (2002); special award for professional achievements from the Department of Space and Life Sciences of the Lyndon Johnson Space Center, NASA (2002); Lockheed Martin Special Award (2002).
Skiing, hiking, running, cycling, playing football, diving in the light diving equipment, has an amateur pilot license, speaks spoken Swedish.
In her Ph.D research Jessica Meir studied the diving physiology of marine mammals and birds, focusing on reducing the oxygen content in the body of emperor penguins and northern elephant seals while being underwater. These studies were conducted in Antarctica and Northern California.
During post-doctoral research at the University of British Columbia, she studied physiology of bar-headed geese flying at high altitudes, conducted experiments on the geese flying in a wind tunnel, studied physiological changes that occur in their bodies under conditions of oxygen starvation.
In 2012 Meir received a post of an associate professor at the Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she continued to study physiology of animals in extreme conditions.
She also took an active part in the underwater expeditions of the Smithsonian Institution in Antarctica and Belize.
NASA WORK EXPERIENCE:
From 2000 to 2003 Jessica Meir worked at the Lockheed Martin Human Research Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center where she studied human physiology during space flight under the Space Shuttle and the ISS programs.
At the same time she took part in research flights of weightlessness aboard the NASA aircraft, and was also an aquanaut crew member of the NEEMO-4 experiment in the Aquarius underwater habitat.
Jessica Meir was selected by NASA in June 2013 together with other eight candidates for the 21-st astronaut selection. The training under the astronaut candidates program included numerous reviews with regard to scientific and technical issues, intensive briefings on the International Space Station systems, training for egress into space and robotics training, medical training, flights on a T-38 aircraft, as well as studying the ways of survival on water and in the desert.
In July 2015 she completed training in the group and was certified for a space flight.
SPACE FLIGHT TRAINING
From January to April 2018 she underwent training in the backup crew of ISS-60/61 as flight engineer-1 of the Soyuz MS spacecraft and a flight engineer of the International Space Station.
From May 2018 to February 2019 Jessica Meir underwent training in the backup crew of ISS-59-60 as flight engineer-1 of the Soyuz MS spacecraft and a flight engineer of the Station.
From March 2019 she trained in the prime crew of ISS-61/62/VC-19 as flight engineer-1 of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft and a flight engineer of the Station.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE
She has been performing the first space flight from September 25, 2019 as a flight engineer of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, a flight engineer of the ISS under the program of prime crews 61/62 together with commander Oleg Skripochka and participant of the space flight Hazza AL Mansouri.
Based on materials of site www.roscosmos.ru.