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SEAL, Doctor, Astronaut — Navy Lt. Jonny Kim Heading To Space

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  • California man Jonny Kim, 35, went from a Navy SEAL to Harvard medical doctor to NASA Astronaut, after graduating from training this month
  • He will be the first Korean-American astronaut with NASA to embark on assignments to the International Space Station, the moon and possibly Mars
  • The father from Los Angeles says going into the Navy was ‘the best decision I ever made in my life’ because it made him fearless and gave him confidence
  • After seeing his friends injured and pass away in the Army, he became a doctor
  • While serving his residency he was chosen to be part of NASA’s Astronaut Group 22, completing two years of rigorous training  

‘A true privilege and honor to walk among the @NASA Astronaut Corps with my brothers and sisters. We know there are many qualified and deserving candidates out there – we’re the lucky ones to represent humanity. Let’s work towards a better future for our world and our children,’ he tweeted Monday.

 

“I fundamentally believed in the NASA mission of advancing our space frontier all while developing innovation and new technologies that would benefit all of humankind,” Kim told the agency in 2017.

He will be the first Korean-American astronaut with NASA to embark on assignments to the International Space Station, the moon and possibly Mars. Kim pictured triumphantly pumping his fist at his graduation ceremony at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, on January 10, 2020.

Jonny Kim, 35, graduated from the agency’s Artemis program with 12 others on Friday, making him eligible to join missions to the International Space Station and other locations, such as the moon and Mars.

Jonny Kim, 35, graduated from the agency’s Artemis program with 12 others on Friday, making him eligible to join missions to the International Space Station and other locations.
Jonny Kim. Image via Robert Markowitz / NASA

The Artemis program aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024, while their learnings will be used to send manned missions to the red planet in the future.

The graduates, composed of seven men and six women, include two candidates from the Canadian Space Agency, while the rest — including Kim — were selected from a pool of more than 18,000 applicants in 2017.

A father and husband, the 35-year-old from Los Angeles, California, says he always chased adventure and getting out of his comfort zone, but it took a while to find his calling.

‘I was happy, jubilated, excited — all these emotions,’ Kim said on the moment he found out he was selected by NASA for its next astronaut class.

‘My wife was there. I told her and she was jumping up and down in the grocery store. So we looked silly. I was about to pay for the food,’ he said.

Kim spent two years in the astronaut training program and graduated on January 10.

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