Jasmin Moghbeli

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Jasmin Moghbeli
Official portrait, 2017
Born (1983-06-24) June 24, 1983 (age 40)
Alma mater
Space career
NASA astronaut
Current occupation
Test pilot
RankLieutenant colonel, USMC
Time in space
Currently in space
SelectionNASA Group 22
MissionsSpaceX Crew-7 (Expedition 69/70)
Mission insignia
WebsiteNASA biography
NASA interviews with Jasmin Moghbeli

Jasmin Moghbeli ({{| Kurdish descent}};[citation needed] born June 24, 1983) is an American U.S. Marine Corps test pilot and NASA astronaut. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Naval Postgraduate School and Naval Test Pilot School.

Early life and education[edit]

Jasmin Moghbeli was born in Bad Nauheim, West Germany, on June 24, 1983.[1] [2] Her father, Kamran (Kamy) Moghbeli , was a physician who immigrated to Germany in 1980 from Tehran, Iran.[3][4] He and his family lived in Bad Nauheim, where Jasmin was born, until the beginning of 1984 [5] when they immigrated to the United States. Her mother , Fereshta (Fery) Moghbeli, was a nurse [6]. Jasmin has an older brother [7], Kaveh, specialist in pulmonary and intensive care medicine [8]. Moghbeli speaks Persian (Farsi)[9], English and Russian [10] and acquired a working knowledge of Russian for her spaceflight experience [11]

Moghbeli attended Baldwin Senior High School in New York[12] and Advanced Space Academy at the Huntsville Space Camp in Alabama while she was a student.[citation needed] She earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with information technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and played volleyball, lacrosse, and basketball for the MIT Engineers.[13][14][15][16]

Military career[edit]

Moghbeli pictured with a Bell AH-1Z Viper in 2017

Moghbeli was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 2005, and trained to become an AH-1 Super Cobra pilot.[13] While in service with the Marine Corps, she deployed overseas three times and completed 150 combat missions. Moghbeli received a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in California and also attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, becoming a helicopter test pilot with VMX-1 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona.[14]

As of 2019, she has accumulated over 2,000 hours of flight time and flown in 150 combat missions, including sorties in Afghanistan.[13]

NASA career[edit]

In June 2017, Moghbeli was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and subsequently began her two-year training.[17]

In January 2020, she graduated alongside 13 others in the NASA Astronaut Candidate Training Program, officially making her "eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars."[18]

In March 2022, she was assigned as commander of the SpaceX Crew-7 mission to the International Space Station. The mission launched to the Space Station on 26 August 2023.[19] It is her first space flight.

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to Sam Wald and They are the parents of twin girls, and their names are Zelda and Estelle.She was born in the Shiite faith, as a child her family became Lutherian.[20]

She is proud of her American and Persian heritage, noting:

"Reflecting on this past year, I stand here so proud of my Persian heritage but also incredibly proud to be an American." [21]

She still celebrates Nowruz.[22][23] Space exploreration has been aspiration for Jasmin, as during school, she wrote a sixth-grade book report on the first woman in space, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.[24]

Awards and honors[edit]

Moghbeli has received four Air Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. She has also received the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Class 144 Outstanding Developmental Phase II Award and the Commander Willie McCool Outstanding Student Award as the Class 144 Honor Graduate.[13]


  1. ^ http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/astronauts/english/moghbeli_jasmin.htm
  2. ^ https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/jasmin-moghbeli/biography
  3. ^ https://stpaulsdelray.org/god-is-my-refuge-and-my-strength/
  4. ^ https://www.hollywoodsmagazine.com/nasa-scientist-jasmin-moghbeli-husband-religion-parents/
  5. ^ https://www.fnp.de/lokales/wetteraukreis/bad-nauheim/in-bad-nauheim-geboren-jasmin-moghbeli-fliegt-ins-all-92456484.html
  6. ^ https://stpaulsdelray.org/god-is-my-refuge-and-my-strength/
  7. ^ https://www.baldwinschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=15712&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=30122&PageID=1
  8. ^ https://www.fnp.de/lokales/wetteraukreis/bad-nauheim/in-bad-nauheim-geboren-jasmin-moghbeli-fliegt-ins-all-92456484.html
  9. ^ https://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2023/mar/21/nowruz-us-iranian-astronaut-white-house
  10. ^ https://www.defense.gov/News/Feature-Stories/story/Article/2058515/face-of-defense-to-the-moon-and-beyond/
  11. ^ https://mitathletics.com/news/2020/1/16/1_16_2020_6821.aspx
  12. ^ "NASA Graduate and Baldwin Alumna Jasmin Moghbeli Featured in Newsday". Baldwinschools.org. Retrieved September 18, 2023.
  13. ^ a b c d "Jasmin Moghbeli". nasa.gov.
  14. ^ a b Wright, Robin (July 2, 2017). "Jasmin Moghbeli, Badass Astronaut". The New Yorker. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Women's Basketball - 24 - Jasmin Moghbeli". MIT Engineers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Women's Volleyball Takes Fourth". MIT The Tech. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  17. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  18. ^ MIT Athletics (January 16, 2020). "Jasmin Moghbeli '05 Graduates from NASA Astronaut Candidate Training Program". MITAthletics.com. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on March 15, 2021. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  19. ^ "NASA's SpaceX Crew-7 Launches to International Space Station". www.nasa.gov. August 26, 2023. Retrieved August 26, 2023.
  20. ^ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jasmin-moghbeli-astronaut-spacex-launch-marine-helicopter-pilot-mom-of-twins/#:~:text=To%20her%2C%20the%20mission%20is,twin%20daughters%20Zelda%20and%20Estelle.
  21. ^ https://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2023/mar/21/nowruz-us-iranian-astronaut-white-house
  22. ^ https://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2023/mar/21/nowruz-us-iranian-astronaut-white-house
  23. ^ https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/jasmin-moghbeli-americas-badass-immigrant-astronaut
  24. ^ https://samagame.com/en/news/exploring-the-journey-baldwin-teachers-close-encounter-with-former-students-space-launch/

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