Astronaut & UCSD Alumna Jessica Meir calls local students from international space station
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – NASA astronaut and UCSD Alumna Jessica Meir called two local schools Monday morning from the International Space Station to answer questions about her background, space and science.
Nearly 150 students from Fulton Middle School and Memorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes gathered at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego — where Meir received her Doctorate in marine biology — to call and speak to the astronaut. Both schools are supported by the Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund.
Meir described how her love of science allowed her to reach the stars. She flew to the International Space Station on Sept. 25, 2019, and made history as part of the first all-female space walk with fellow NASA Astronaut Christina Koch.
The “STEM to Stars” Q-and-A with Meir was proceeded by current Scripps graduate students discussing science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education. Students were able to ask the Scripps students about science and how it got them to where they are.
UCSD Astrophysicist Brian Keating and Scripps Oceanography Director Margaret Leinen emceed the event.
Jessica Meir is the first Swedish woman in space and was part of the duo who took part in the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station last year. Right now, Meir is 220 miles above Earth and is traveling over 17,000 miles per hour. That means, the ISS orbits the globe every 90 minutes.
The journey began in September of 2019 and will continue through Spring of 2020. Meir is one of eight embarking on the ISS.