Jasmin Moghbeli

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Jasmin Moghbeli
Jasmin Moghbeli portrait.jpg
Born (1983-06-24) June 24, 1983 (age 36)
Bad Nauheim, Germany.
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Naval Postgraduate School (M.S.)
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Test pilot
SelectionNASA Group 22

Jasmin Moghbeli (born June 24, 1983; MAJ, USMC) is an Iranian-American Marine Corps test pilot and NASA astronaut candidate of the class of 2017. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Naval Postgraduate School, and U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and has over 1,600 hours of flight time and 150 combat missions.

Early life and education[edit]

Jasmin Moghbeli was born on June 24, 1983 in Bad Nauheim, Germany, to Fereshteh and Kamy Moghbeli.[1][2] Her parents had fled Iran following the 1979 Iranian revolution, and moved the family Baldwin, New York. Moghbeli graduated from Baldwin Senior High School, and attended Advanced Space Academy while a high school student. Moghbeli earned a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and played basketball for the MIT Engineers.[1][3][4]

Military career[edit]

Moghbeli commissioned as a US Marine Corps officer, and trained to become an AH-1 Super Cobra pilot. She deployed three times, and completed 150 combat missions. She received a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate Schools. She attended the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland, and became a helicopter test pilot at VMX-1 at MCAS Yuma.[3]

NASA career[edit]

In June 2017, Moghbeli was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and began her two-year training.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Moghbeli lives in Webster, Texas. Her parents live in Delray Beach, Florida. Her older brother, Kaveh, lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Awards and honors[edit]

Moghbeli has received four Air Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She received the US 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Candidate Jasmin Moghbeli". NASA. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jasmin Moghbeli". Biographies of U.S. Astronauts. Spacefacts. April 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Wright, Robin (July 2, 2017). "Jasmin Moghbeli, Badass Astronaut". The New Yorker. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Women's Basketball - 24 - Jasmin Moghbeli". MIT Engineers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 8, 2018.

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