Hello Tehran, Nazanin Moghbeli’s Instagram Post With Photos From Tehran In Space

  But she grew up in New York and became an American citizen in the second grade. An MIT graduate, she spent her early career as a marine in America's wars, including flying Cobra attack helicopters in Afghanistan. Moghbeli -- nicknamed “Jaws” -- joined the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. She could be one of the first astronauts destined for Mars. The following are Moghbeli's remarks at the White House reception celebrating the Persian new year.