Have you ever felt like you haven’t achieved what you should? Prepare to feel too inadequate, because a boy was a Navy SEAL, a Harvard doctor is he is now an astronaut at NASA.
Jonny Kim had what people would usually classify as a career, and had three – all at the age of 35.
Los Angeles’ father and husband have changed his career three times and are preparing to add a certified astronaut to his already surprising list of accolades.
A real 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 are the lucky ones to represent humanity. We work for a better future for our world and our children. pic.twitter.com/eUv8iSK7gn
– Jonny Kim (@JonnyYKim) January 13, 2020
Kim graduated from space school last week with 12 other people, who will now be able to participate in space missions.
It will also make history: it will be the first Korean-American NASA astronaut to be assigned to the Space Station, the Artemis missions to the moon and potentially also the first human mission to Mars.
He was chosen as part of his team by a pool of over 18,000 candidates.
In a 2017 interview with NASA, he said: “My parents were South Korean immigrants who came to America in the early 1980s for the hope of a better life for their children.”
And it seems that they really understand.
After serving in the Navy SEALS, in 2006 he decided to change his career in medicine, after trying to help an injured soldier in Iraq.
He said to the Harvard Gazette: “He had a pretty serious wound on his face. It was one of the worst feelings of helplessness. There wasn’t much I could do, just make sure his bleeding didn’t obstruct his respiratory tract, making sure he was well positioned.
“He needed a surgeon. He needed a doctor and I eventually took him to one, but … that feeling of helplessness was very deep for me.
“Losing a lot of good friends galvanized me and made many of my teammates remain confident that we made our life worthwhile. Still today, I think of all the good people who have not had a chance to come home. I try to recover life is positive [impact] they would have had if they were alive. “
A year in a four-year residence at Massachusetts General Hospital and he decided that life in space is life for him; there is really nothing this man cannot do.