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Caribou native Jessica Meir is part of the 21st NASA astronaut class and is hoping to advance from candidate to astronaut. Meir says since she was in first grade her dream was to go into space.


She was one of eight selected from 6,100 applicants for the two year Astronaut Training Program. Instruction in the program includes: spacewalk training, land survival, flight training, robotics, Russian language and more.


She was called-up by NASA in June of 2013 so she is getting close to completing her training and a dream she has had for 30 years.