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Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli's Virtual Lenox Visit in Newsday

Breaking barrier after barrier, Baldwin native Jasmin Moghbeli earned the rank of major in the Marines, flew helicopter combat missions in Afghanistan and, just days ago, became a newly minted NASA astronaut.

She's not done yet. Moghbeli, 36, graduated Friday from NASA's astronaut training program. She was among 13 men and women selected for the two-year training from a record 18,000 applicants.

Moghbeli, who hatched her space dreams at Baldwin's Lenox Elementary School, comes into the NASA program at a particularly ripe time. The graduating class was virtually split between men and woman and filled with ethnic diversity.

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