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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.

As families across the country tuck into roast turkey and stuffing, 220 miles overhead, Maine astronaut Jessica Meir and crewmates are having a freeze dried feast of their own.


"Cornbread dressing - this will be great," Meir says. "We can, maybe we can, stuff inside the turkey just to, maybe, make it like a real stuffing."



PORTLAND, Maine - A Caribou native on the International Space Station has had a high-flying chat with another Caribou native.

Specially developed mice from the Maine-based Jackson Laboratory will be heading into space next month.

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It will be a first: come next April, two astronauts from Maine will be in space at the same time.

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Last month, Jessica Meir of Caribou launched into space, becoming the first female astronaut from Maine. A few weeks ago, she made history again as part of the first all-female spacewalk from the International Space Station.


Astronaut and Caribou native Jessica Meir was one of two astronauts taking part in NASA's first all-women spacewalk on Friday. That mission is conducting repairs on the International Space Station. And while the spacewalk pairing created a historic moment, for Meir and her colleague Jessica Koch, it's a normal — if exciting — day's work.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century. That changed Friday with spacewalk No. 421. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made "HERstory," as NASA is calling it, with the first all-female spacewalk.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine astronaut will be the first woman and third person from the state to travel into space.

NASA recently announced that astronaut Jessica Meir will take her first space flight this fall.  She takes a moment away from her busy training to talk about her upcoming mission to the International Space Station and to share an inside look at the life of an astronaut.

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A Caribou native is about to make her first flight into space. According to a NASA press release, Jessica Meir will launch to the International Space Station in September.

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NASA may have stopped running space shuttles, but that doesn't mean it's not busy out there. There are six astronauts at the International Space Station, and in the world of unmanned exploration, the Curiosity Rover has been sending pictures back from Mars for three years, and those photos have 2 million followers on Twitter.