Jasmin Moghbeli


Jasmin Moghbeli
Jasmin Moghbeli official portrait.jpg
Official portrait, 2017
Born (1983-06-24) June 24, 1983 (age 38)
Citizenship United States
Alma mater
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Current occupation
Test pilot
RankLieutenant colonel, USMC
SelectionNASA Group 22
WebsiteNASA biography

Jasmin Moghbeli (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, and as of 2019, has accumulated over 2,000 hours of flight time and flown in 150 combat missions, including sorties in Afghanistan.[1]

Early life and education

Moghbeli was born on June 24, 1983 in Bad Nauheim, West Germany, to Fereshteh and Kamy Moghbeli.[1][2] Her parents had fled Iran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and subsequently moved the family to Baldwin, New York. Moghbeli attended Baldwin Senior High School in New York and attended Advanced Space Academy at Space Camp in Alabama while she was a student. She earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering with information technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and played volleyball and basketball for the MIT Engineers.[1][3][4][5]

Military career

Moghbeli pictured with a Bell AH-1 Super Cobra 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.[1] 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.[3]

NASA career

In June 2017, Moghbeli was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Group 22, and subsequently began her two-year training.[6]

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."[7]

Personal life

Moghbeli resides in Webster, Texas with her husband, Samuel Moghbeli (née Wald).[citation needed] Her parents live in Delray Beach, Florida and her older brother, Kaveh, lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Awards and honors

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Garcia, Mark (February 7, 2018). "Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli". NASA. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  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. ^ "Women's Volleyball Takes Fourth". MIT The Tech. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  6. ^ Harwood, William (June 7, 2017). "NASA introduces 12 new astronauts". CBS News. CBS Broadcasting. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  7. ^ MIT Athletics (January 16, 2020). "Jasmin Moghbeli '05 Graduates from NASA Astronaut Candidate Training Program". MITAthletics.com. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved January 23, 2020.

External links

  • Biography of Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli
  • Interview in The New Yorker magazine