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Former Navy SEAL, Harvard Doctor to Be First Korean-American in Space



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There’s a fine tradition of military personnel and veterans being hard-chargers, but few go as hard as Dr. Jonny Kim.
Kim, 35, just finished training for NASA’s Artemis program that will see him, 11 other Americans and two Canadians in orbit around the Earth. They will also be eligible for missions to the moon and perhaps even Mars in the future.
Kim will be the first Korean-American to join a NASA mission in space. He has also served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and a Harvard-trained physician. It all started with his enlistment in the Navy, where he started his career as a seaman recruit after graduating from high school in 2002.
He was the child of poor South Korean immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, where he was born. It’s from this upbringing Kim learned the one thing he would now want to tell his younger self:
“All things that are worthwhile are very difficult to obtain,” he told CNN.
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