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Jessica U. Meir

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Astronaut Candidate

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Local Address:  Houston , Texas , United States
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20546
United States

Company Description: The NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contracts provide for issuance of delivery orders that will specify data associated with system testing and...   more

Employment History


  • Ph.D.
    Jessica U. Meir
  • Brown University
  • advanced degree
    International Space University
  • doctorate , marine biology
    Jessica U. Meir
  • doctorate , marine biology
    Scripps Institution
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NASA names new astronaut candidates to train for space station and beyond | collectSPACE, 17 June 2013 [cached]
The new astronaut candidates are: Josh Cassada, Victor Glover, Tyler "Nick" Hague, Christina Hammock, Nicole Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan.
Jessica U. Meir, Ph.D., 35 is from Caribou, Maine. She is a graduate of Brown University, has an advanced degree from the International Space University, and earned her doctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Meir currently is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Jessica ..., 19 June 2013 [cached]
Jessica Meir
Jessica Meir
Jessica Meir, a 35-year-old biologist with San Diego ties, has been chosen by NASA for astronaut training, City News Service Reports. Meir, a San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography alum, is among four women and four men chosen for the 2013 astronaut candidate class following an extensive year-and-a-half search, NASA announced Monday. According to the agency, more than 6,000 people applied to be part of the class, the second largest number of applicants NASA has every received for the program. Meir and the other newly chosen astronaut candidates will begin training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in August. Meir earned a doctorate at Scripps for research about the physiology of birds and marine animals, and how it might be applied to the fragile and taxing environment astronauts face while working and living in zero-gravity. She most recently has been serving as an assistant professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Jessica Meir, currently a ..., 17 June 2013 [cached]
Jessica Meir, currently a researcher and assistant professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, was selected from a pool of more than 6,000 applicants.
Atcheson says if anyone could achieve this, it's Meir.
As for Jessica herself? It's all still sinking in. "It definitely does seem surreal, particularly, I think, since we weren't supposed to tell anybody until now," she says.
Meir had to sit on the news for 10 agonizing days. It's the culmination of a dream she's had ever since she was about five years old.
"I distinctly remember drawing a picture - I think in first grade, when we were supposed to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up, and I distinctly remember drawing an astronaut then," she says.
Meir says she's always been interested in exploration, and that she's happiest when both mentally and physically challenged.
That's evident from her resume. She worked at the Johnson Space Center in Houston doing human physiology experiments, and currently works as comparitive physiologist, studying animals that live in extreme environments. Oh - and she also has her private pilot's license.
Becoming an astronaut, Meir says, provides the ultimate environment for challenge, especially when you consider NASA's goals from Administrator Charles Bolden.
Meir could be on the first human mission to an asteroid and to Mars. She was chosen from an initial group of 6,300 applicants. That number was whittled down to 120, and after interviews and medical examinations, the number shrunk to 49.
As one of four women in an eight-member class, Meir's group represents the highest percentage of women ever in a NASA training class.
"I'm very involved in public outreach and scientific outreach and education," Meir says. "And I'm very, very thrilled to have another avenue in which to really stimulate the next generation of scientists and explorers, and particularly women."
Meir begins training in August at the Johnson Space Center. She says she's excited and a little nervous, but mostly thrilled to have achieved her dream with the support of family, friends, and mentors.
Atcheson says when the day comes that Meir finally shuttles into space, there are going to be a lot of people in northern Maine looking up and smiling proudly.
Among those picked is Jessica ... [cached]
Among those picked is Jessica Meir (pictured), assistant professor of anaesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Jessica ..., 6 May 2011 [cached]
Dr. Jessica Meir
Based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Jessica Meir studies the diving physiology and diving behavior of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica. She is also an Antarctica diver! Here's a short video about Jessica and her work in Antarctica...
Dr. Jessica Meir, based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, studies the diving physiology of Emperor Penguins and Northern Elephant Seals. Over the past several years Jessica has traveled to Antarctica during the Austral Spring season to study the diving physiology and diving behavior of Emperor Penguins as they dive beneath the sea ice covering the Ross Sea.
Jessica is also an accomplished scuba diver and uses diving in her marine biology research work. As an Antarctica diver, Jessica is able to study the diving behavior of Emperor Penguins while diving with them under the ice!
You can read more about the Emperor Penguin work of Jessica and her team in Antarctica at their fantastic blog from Penguin Ranch!
Jessica came to her marine biology studies of the physiology in diving Emperor Penguins and Northern Elephant Seals from her work with NASA studying the physiology of astronauts in the extreme environment of space.
Jessica is particularly passionate about pursuing scientific objectives in extreme and challenging environments, requiring both a physical and mental challenge. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University, then pursued her interests in space sciences, and went to the International Space University in Strasbourg, France for a Master's degree. Her interest in understanding how organisms function in extreme environments, led her to take a job at NASA Johnson Space Center that focused on how the human body responds to the microgravity environment of space flight. Jessica worked at NASA for three years, and then decided to switch gears to another extreme, that of animals diving in the oceans.
In Antarctica, Jessica has traveled annually with her research team headed by Scripps scientist Paul Ponganis to conduct an annual census at a number Emperor Penguin colonies in the Ross Sea area.
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