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Astronaut trainee takes life to extremes in her research

Harvard biologist has studied how animals adapt to harsh environments

Biologist Jessica U. Meir has devoted her life to studying animals that thrive in Earth’s most extreme environments, hoping to unlock the secrets of high-flying geese that soar over Mount Everest and emperor penguins that dive thousands of feet under the Antarctic ice.

But all the while, the 35-year-old Meir has hoped, too, that she would have a chance to explore the most extreme environment of them all: outer space.

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