Pres. Jackson lights up Senate Chamber to honor Caribou native’s spacewalk

Pres. Jackson lights up Senate Chamber with message to Dr. Jessica Meir in honor of her historic spacewalk.

AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, recognized Caribou native Jessica Meir’s participation in the first all-female spacewalk on Friday. In honor of Dr. Meir’s accomplishment, the Maine Senate roll-call board at the State House in Augusta displayed a message of support from the entire Senate.

“Dr. Jessica Meir’s accomplishment today represents a historic moment for Aroostook County, the State of Maine and for the entire country. She is a shining example for young people everywhere, and proof that hard work and perseverance can help you achieve your dreams,” said President Jackson. “I wish Dr. Meir the best of luck in her continued exploration and work with NASA. I hope she knows that all of us in Maine are rooting for her.”

Dr. Meir joined fellow astronaut Christina Koch at 7:50 a.m. Friday morning in the first-ever all-female spacewalk. Meir is a native of Caribou and alumni of Caribou High School. In her high school yearbook, Dr. Meir listed her future goal was to “take a spacewalk.”

President Jackson will be joining Caribou High School students in a NASA Inflight Downlink on October 29. The educational experience will allow President Jackson and the students to ask questions of Dr. Meir while she is aboard the International Space Station.


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