1995 Caribou High School Valedictorian Desperately Trying to Get Even Further Away From Caribou

Jessica Meir

caribou high school valedictorianCARIBOU, Maine — The Caribou High School valedictorian of the Class of 1995 is among eight Americans selected by NASA to begin training for future space missions that may one day take them to Mars. Dr. Jessica U. Meir, 35, joins three other women and four men as the newest members of the space agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA announced Monday. A graduate of Brown University with advanced degrees from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego and the International Space University in Illkirch, France, Meir is an assistant professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Meir now has two months to wrap up her work at Harvard before reporting for her new job as a full-time United States astronaut, a goal which on Monday she said has been a lifelong pursuit. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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