PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A Maine astronaut travels to space as the first woman and third person in the state.
Jessica Meir from Caribou will embark on her first trip to the International Space Station, from where she will start According to NASA, the Baikonur Cosmodrome will be launched on Wednesday in Kazakhstan.
Meir is to start with a Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates. It will return in 2020.
: First Stage Engines, 2: 3rd Stage (As soon as these engines are off, we will be in outer space and head for @Space_Station .) T-4 days before the start! pic.twitter.com/F0Baij9vkt
– Jessica Meir (@Astro_Jessica) September 21, 2019
Meir, flight engineer and co-pilot of the Soyuz MS-15, says she wanted Becoming an astronaut since the age of 5, hopes to have the opportunity to take a spacewalk.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Meir will work on experiments ranging from the study of gravity to the human body to the growth of protein crystals that will have a radiation effect on humans.