NASA Astronaut, Dr. Jessica Meir, sends a special message to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) community as well as her mentor. Dr. Warren Zapol, renowned researcher and chief emeritus of the Department of Anesthesia.

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NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir, PhD, is now among the stars following her Sept. 25 spaceflight to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Meir worked as an assistant biologist in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine before she was selected as a member of the 2013 NASA astronaut candidate class.

During her six-month mission, Meir will perform experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science in the space station’s microgravity laboratory. Meir’s MGH colleagues – including mentor Warren Zapol, MD, anesthetist-in-chief emeritus, watched the launch via livestream while sporting T-shirts with Meir’s mission logo.
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