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Maine Astronaut Jessica Meir Scheduled For Two Space Walks In January


Maine astronaut Jessica Meir is scheduled to take two spacewalks over the next couple of weeks to upgrade batteries that store power generated by International Space Station solar arrays.

Meir and fellow Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Jessica Koch are set to do the work Wednesday January 15 and Monday January 20. NASA says these will be Meir's second and third spacewalks. The spacewalks will be streamed live.

In October Meir and Koch made history as they took part in NASA's first all-women spacewalk, conducting repairs on the space station.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.