Looking for your next Instagram influencer? We recommend following NASA astronaut, Jessica U. Meir. She might not know how to cut that crease, but she shares some photos from her travels into space, which is, arguably, more impressive.
A Renaissance woman through and through, Meir has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brown University, a Master of Science in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a Doctorate in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD).
Currently working onboard the International Space Station on her first spaceflight as part of Expedition 61 and 62, she’s due to return to Earth in the spring of 2020. But until she lands, she makes sure to spend her time meaningfully.
Amongst her many achievements, was a spacewalk that lasted for seven hours and 17 minutes, alongside her colleague Christina Koch. This was also the first all-female spacewalk in history. Meir has also participated in research flights on NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft and served as an aquanaut in an underwater habitat for NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO).
“For me, coming up here, it just was the most amazing experience of my life, coming to the International Space Station, something that I had dreamed about since I was a kid,” she gushed in an interview with wbur. “And let me tell you, I thought it would be amazing. I knew it would be amazing. It is even far, far, far more incredible and impressive than I ever imagined. And that’s saying a lot.”