Reach for the stars, astronaut tells kids of Iraq

With thanks: Melvyn



Flying 350 miles over Baghdad, the astronaut Jessica Meir had an uplifting message for the children of that city. If they work hard, they too can fulfil their dreams. They might even become astronauts like she did.

In a video message from space, Jessica Meir said that she shared a heritage with children from Baghdad. Her father was an Israeli with Baghdadi-Jewish roots.

Jessica’s mother is Swedish. They met in the US where Jessica was born.

Jessica, who is on a seven-month mission,  is the fifth Jewish astronaut to travel in space, and the first of Mizrahi heritage.

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Astronaut charts Iraqi-Jewish father’s journey

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