Two of the candidates were from the Canadian Space Agency, but the other 11, including Kim, were selected from an initial group of more than 18,000 applicants, NASA said.
Kim’s family background is related to many children of immigrants.
Kim earned her math degree from the University of San Diego and a doctorate in medicine from Harvard Medical School. At the time of his selection of an astronaut candidate in June 2017, Kim was a resident physician at a Massachusetts hospital, according to NASA.
Kim wanted to become an astronaut because “he fundamentally believed in NASA’s mission to advance our space frontier while developing innovation and new technologies that would benefit all of humanity,” he said in the 2017 interview.
But for those who think these achievements were easy, think again, Kim said.
If he had to give advice to his younger self, he said it would be this: “All things worthwhile are very difficult to obtain.”