Jessica Meir - MSS00


meirThree Is of ISU Influential to 2013 NASA Astronaut Candidate Jessica Meir

Jessica Meir has become the first pre-flight, female graduate of the International Space University to be selected as a NASA Astronaut Candidate. Meir graduated from the ISU Master of Space Studies Program in 2000. However, much more than just a diploma was taken away, Meir explains:

The 3 Is of ISU [Interdisciplinary, International, Intercultural] certainly influenced my career, providing me with a foundation of knowledge in the space sector… This was the first time that my education was broadened into disciplines as diverse as space policy and law to space medicine and orbital mechanics, and all from an international perspective… My year in Strasbourg and the opportunities ISU provided to me have definitely helped me get where I am today, allowing my childhood dream to turn into a reality.

In her studies at ISU, Meir developed a team project along with 35 other Master of Space Studies students. The project explored and reported the use of an Autonomous Lunar Transport Vehicle that would operate between two lunar craters in the year 2040.  Although she will not be going to the moon, Meir is now able to live out her dream of flying in space, well before the year 2040.

As a part of the only NASA Astronaut Candidate Team selected in the past four years, Meir was chosen from more than 6,100 applicants in a year-and-a-half-long search process. After beating out the competition of the second largest number of NASA applicants, Meir is now among the eight candidates who will lead the first human mission to an asteroid and then on to Mars. Additionally, Meir is one of four female candidates who comprise the highest percentage of female astronauts present in a class.

In addition to her advanced degree from the International Space University, Meir is a graduate of Brown University, earned her doctorate from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and currently is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School.

The International Space University and Walter Peeters, President of ISU, congratulate alumna Jessica Meir: “ISU is proud to have a third alumnus selected for an astronaut career. It certainly will inspire also our present and future alumni. We wish Jessica all the best in her basic and advanced astronaut training and hope she will soon be assigned to a mission afterwards.”

Meir joins two other ISU alumni that have become NASA astronauts, Jim Newman (pre-flight) and Soyeon Yi (post-flight).

More information on Jessica Meir, including her reaction to the selection and a video portrait, can be found HERE.