Meir first traveled to space in September 2019 and fulfilled his lifelong dream of a spacewalk in October of the same year. Meanwhile, she and fellow astronaut Christina Koch made history as well, as it was the very first all-female spacewalk. During Meir’s 205 days in space, she made 3,280 Earth orbits – a journey of 86.9 million miles.
Meir remained in space until April 17, 2020, returning to Earth amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly before her return, she said in a video posted to the International Space Station’s Twitter account that it was “surreal” to see the pandemic unfold on Earth while she was still in space. Source
This won’t be the first time Caribou students have interviewed Meir, as she answered student questions via a flight training downlink on October 29, 2019, from space. And in 2016, she visited Caribou High School, where she graduated in 1995, and spoke to students and staff.
“We maintain regular contact with the people back home,” she said in the video. “We talk to our family, friends and loved ones every week through video conferences.” She said feelings of social distancing and self-isolation are no different from what she and her fellow astronauts have experienced in space.
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