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    This Former Marine Cobra Pilot Saw Combat in Afghanistan. Now, She’s Commanding Her First Space Mission

    This Former Marine Cobra Pilot Saw Combat in Afghanistan. Now, She's Commanding Her First Space Mission

    Marine Lt. Col. Jasmin “Jaws” Moghbeli is about to go where very few helicopter pilots have gone before.

    Moghbeli, 38, is making her first trip to space later this month as the commander of 's SpaceX Crew-7, bound for the International Space Station on a mission to conduct experiments in the station's microgravity laboratory. The mission, which launches August 25 with a four-member international crew, is just the latest milestone in Moghbeli's remarkable career, but it's also the culmination of a lifetime.

    “For me, this is something I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember,” Moghbeli said in a July 25 NASA press conference, the last time she and the other astronauts would address the public ahead of the launch. “One of the things I'm most excited about is looking back at our beautiful planet. Everyone I've talked to who has flown already has said it's a life-changing perspective to see Earth in that way.”

    Then-NASA astronaut candidate Jasmin Moghbeli wears a spacesuit prior to underwater spacewalk training at NASA's Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, April 11, 2018. (NASA/Josh Valcarcel)

    Moghbeli, who flew an AH-1W Super Cobra for the Marines before becoming a test pilot for the service, was selected for NASA's two-year astronaut training program in 2017. While most service members with dreams of going to space pursue a

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