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NASA astronaut with San Diego ties blasts off into space

Posted at 6:16 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 16:29:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A NASA astronaut with San Diego ties is heading to space for the first time.

Jessica Meir, who received her Doctorate in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in 2009, is part of a three-person team that blasted off into space Wednesday morning to work on the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew boarded a Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft that launched from Kazakhstan, just south of Russia, at 6:57 a.m. Pacific time. NASA officials said the flight from Earth to the ISS was set to last about six hours.

Meir has been in Russia for the past year and a half for training to finally realize her childhood dream. She will be on the ISS for about six months to conduct various experiments, including tests on the effects of space on the human body.

According to her NASA biography, Meir was selected to become a part of the NASA program in 2013. She has a biology degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in space studies from the International Space University.