Ex-Navy Seal and Harvard doc becomes first Korean American astronaut

Ex-Navy Seal and Harvard doc becomes first Korean American astronaut

- Dr Jonny Kim, a former Navy Seal who became a doctor, has joined NASA's latest class of astronauts

- Dr Kim and 11 others graduated from training for a mission that will send them into space

- Kim attended Harvard Medical School where he specialised in emergency medicine and graduated in 2016

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Dr Jonny Kim, a former Navy Seal, who became a doctor has now joined NASA's latest class of astronauts who will be sent into space.

Dr Kim graduated from training for a mission that will send and 11 other astronauts into outer space, the Daily Mail reports.

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The 35-year-old said he always enjoyed chasing adventure and getting out of his comfort zone.

Dr Kim, who said it took a while to find his calling, will make history as the first Korean-American NASA astronaut to embark on assignments to the International Space Station, on Artemis missions to the moon and potentially on the first human exploration mission to Mars.

A friend who was killed in combat made him change his career. He attended Harvard Medical School where he specialised in emergency medicine and graduated in 2016.

He said in an interview with the Harvard Gazette: "There wasn't much I could do, just make sure his bleeding wasn't obstructing his airway, making sure he was positioned well.

"He needed a surgeon. He needed a physician and I did eventually get him to one, but … that feeling of helplessness was very profound for me."

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Meanwhile, British cosmonaut Dr Helen Sharman said that aliens exist and may already be on earth.

The 56-year-old and first Briton in space said that there must be all sorts of different forms of life in the universe.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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