NASA Astronaut With Ties to San Diego Launches Into Space

On Sept. 25, 2019, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir embarked on her first-ever launch to the International Space Station. Meir is an alumna of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: ISS Expedition 61/62 main crew member, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir waves before a launch to the International Space Station from the Gagarin's Start pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Expedition 61/62 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for 25 September 2019 at 16:57 Moscow time. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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Members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS) (from L) United Arab Emirates' astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and US astronaut Jessica Meir report to Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin (R) arrive to board a Soyuz rocket to the ISS, at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25, 2019. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
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International Space Station (ISS) crew member, NASA's US astronaut Jessica Meir waves as she boards the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft before its blasts off for the ISS, on September 25, 2019 at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Photo by Maxim SHIPENKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: ISS Expedition 61/62 main crew members, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, the United Arab Emirates' first astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir (L-R) before a launch to the International Space Station from the Gagarin's Start pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Expedition 61/62 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for 25 September 2019 at 16:57 Moscow time. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: ISS Expedition 61/62 main crew member, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir during a spacesuit check before a launch to the International Space Station from the Gagarin's Start pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Expedition 61/62 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for 25 September 2019 at 16:57 Moscow time. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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Member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS) US astronaut Jessica Meir salutes people from a bus before boarding a Soyuz rocket to the ISS, at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25, 2019. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
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KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: ISS Expedition 61/62 main crew member, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir during a spacesuit check before a launch to the International Space Station from the Gagarin's Start pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Expedition 61/62 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for 25 September 2019 at 16:57 Moscow time. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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Member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS) US astronaut Jessica Meir has her spacesuit tested before boarding a Soyuz rocket to the ISS, at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25, 2019. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS) US astronaut Jessica Meir has her spacesuit tested before boarding a Soyuz rocket to the ISS, at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25, 2019. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS) US astronaut Jessica Meir has her spacesuit tested before boarding a Soyuz rocket to the ISS, at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25, 2019. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
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KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: ISS Expedition 61/62 main crew member, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir during a spacesuit check before a launch to the International Space Station from the Gagarin's Start pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Expedition 61/62 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for 25 September 2019 at 16:57 Moscow time. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: ISS Expedition 61/62 main crew members, the United Arab Emirates' first astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir (L-R) before a launch to the International Space Station from the Gagarin's Start pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Expedition 61/62 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for 25 September 2019 at 16:57 Moscow time. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: ISS Expedition 61/62 main crew members, the United Arab Emirates' first astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir (L-R) before a launch to the International Space Station from the Gagarin's Start pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Expedition 61/62 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft to the ISS is scheduled for 25 September 2019 at 16:57 Moscow time. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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Crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) US astronaut Jessica Meir waves from inside a bus during a farewell ceremony outside the Cosmonauts' hotel on his way to the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 25, 2019. - Al Mansouri will make history by becoming the first Arab on the International Space Station said he had received support from around the world before his \"dream\" mission. (Photo by Vyacheslav OSELEDKO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images)
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KAZAKHSTAN SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: A Soyuz-FG rocket booster blasts off from Gagarin's Start at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft with ISS Expedition 61/62 prime crewmembers onboard, the United Arab Emirates' first astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir. It will be the last launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket booster that is to be replaced with Soyuz-2.1a rockets. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
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