Jonny Kim, MD, a resident physician in the combined MGH-BWH Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program has been named to NASA’s newest class of astronaut recruits. Kim, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, a 2012 Tillman Scholar, and a 2016 graduate of Harvard Medical School joins a class of 12 individuals who were selected from a record-breaking pool of more than 18,300 applicants.

According to NASA, Kim and his fellow recruits will spend two years at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, studying spacecraft systems, spacewalking skills, teamwork, Russian language, and other critical skills before possible assignment to a variety of missions including both those in low Earth orbit or further into space. Below is a brief video chronicling Kim's journey into medicine produced by the Pat Tillman Foundation.