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A true privilege and honor to walk among the @NASA Astronaut Corps with my brothers and sisters.

NASAKim, whose parents emigrated from South Korea to Southern California in the early 1980s, is the first NASA astronaut of full Korean descent.

Dr. @JonnyYKim, former enlisted #NavySEAL member, math degree holder @uofsandiego, & @harvardmed alumnus, for becoming the 1st Korean-American @NASA astronaut to embark on assignments to the @Space_Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and potentially Mars!

“I was reminded of that, that I was the only Asian in a lot of things I was doing,” Kim said.

Kim said that he could count the number of Asian American Navy SEALs on one hand, “and we all knew each other.”

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