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An MGH Resident Is One of NASA’s Astronaut Recruits

Jonny Kim beat out 18,300 applicants.

Jonny Kim

Jonny Kim/Photo courtesy of NASA

After serving as a Navy SEAL, graduating from Harvard Medical School, and becoming a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), what’s left to do?

If you’re Jonny Kim: becoming an astronaut.

Kim, who is currently part of Mass General and BWH’s joint Emergency Medicine Residency Program, beat out 18,300 applicants to become one of NASA’s 12 new astronaut recruits. Beginning in August, Kim and his recruit class will spend two years training at Johnson Space Center in Houston before embarking on possible missions in low Earth orbit or outer space.

Fellow NASA recruits include Raja Chari, who received a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT; Bob Hines, who received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Boston University; Warren Hoburg, who received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT; and Jasmin Moghbeli, who received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering with information technology from MIT.

To learn more about Kim, check out this video produced by the Pat Tillman Foundation: