NASA Astronaut/flight engineer available for interviews prior to departure on International Space Station

NASA has announced that Jessica Meir, a NASA astronaut and Expedition 61-62 flight engineer, will be available for live satellite interviews on September 4, prior to launching on a six-month mission on the International Space Station, the administration said.

The interviews, originating from Star City, Russia, will air live on NASA Television and the agency´s website, by video of Meir´s training.

Meir and her crewmates, Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Roscosmos spaceflight participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates´ Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, are scheduled to launch Sept. 25 aboard the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

During Expeditions 61 and 62, Meir and her crewmates will support about 250 research experiments not possible on Earth. These pursuits broaden knowledge of Earth, space, physical and biological sciences.

This will be the first expedition into space for Meir, who was selected for astronaut training in 2013.