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December 23, 2019 3:28 pm

Jewish NASA Astronaut Sends ‘Happy Hanukkah’ Greeting From Space

avatar by Shiryn Ghermezian

Crew member Jessica Meir of the US waves behind a glass wall during a final news conference ahead of a mission to the International Space Station (ISS), in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Sept. 24, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov.

American Jewish NASA astronaut Jessica Meir tweeted a “Happy Hanukkah” message from the International Space Station on Sunday.

“Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it on Earth!” Meir, 42, posted on Twitter along with a photo of her feet, covered with socks designed with menorahs and Star of Davids, floating atop windows that provide a view of Earth down below.

Meir’s late father, born in Iraq, immigrated with his family to pre-state Israel as a young child and fought in the War of Independence in 1948, according to JTA.

He took a job as a doctor in Sweden, where he met Meir’s mother, and the couple later moved to Maine, where Meir was born.

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