The First Korean-American Headed to Space

The First Korean-American Headed to Space

Jahir Gavidia, Staff Writer

An ex-Navy SEAL and Harvard Doctor named Jonny Kim is to be the first Korean-American to become a NASA astronaut. Kim, along with 12 others, graduated last week from NASA’s Artemis program, allowing the astronaut to be eligible to participate in missions to the International Space Station, to the moon, and possibly even Mars. Two of the candidates were from the Canadian Space Agency, but the 11 others, including him were selected from an initial pool of more than 18,000 applicants. He served as a combat medic, sniper, and navigator on more than 100 combat operations across two deployments to the Middle East.