SAN DIEGO – UC San Diego graduate Jessica Meir has been tapped for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.
Meir has dreamed of traveling to space since she was a first -grader, and that dream will finally be realized in September when she co-pilots a Soyuz spacecraft to the space station, the San Diego Union-Tribune writes.
Meir earned a doctorate in marine biology from Scripps Insitute of Oceanography at UCSD in 2009, according to her NASA bio.
Meir's background expertise is based on research on the physiology of animals in extreme environments.
In a video posted by the ISS Twitter account, Meir more about her excitement for the voyage: