Anil Menon, a lieutenant colonel with the US Air Force and SpaceX’s first flight surgeon, has been selected by NASA among a total of ten astronauts for its Moon Mission.
The US space agency announced the selection of its newest class of astronauts late on Monday. Six men and four women were chosen from more than 12,000 people who applied to the space agency in March 2020. Upon completing their training, they will have some exciting spaceflight opportunities ahead of them.
Menon was born in 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He started his career as a doctor by enrolling in Harvard University, where he studied neurobiology and conducted research on Huntington’s disease. He later attended Stanford Medical School, where he studied engineering and medicine and worked on coding soft tissue models at NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California.
Menon was deployed twice with the US Air Force critical care air transport team to treat and transport wounded warriors during his aerospace training. He was later transferred to the Air Force reserves, 45th operational group, Detachment 3 of the 45th Space Wing, to provide medical direction for launch and landings. He logged over 100 sorties in the F-15 fighter jet and transported over 100 patients as part of the critical care air transport team.
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