Van sommige mensen kan je het CV gewoonweg niet verzinnen. Neem nu dat van astronaut CJ Cassidy.

Honor graduate of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 192. Awarded the Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ and Presidential Unit Citation for leading a 9-day operation at the Zharwar Kili cave complex – a national priority objective directly on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.


Ten years as a member of the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams. Specialized tactics include long-range special reconnaissance (vehicular and foot patrols); direct action building assaults; noncompliant ship-boardings; desert reconnaissance patrols; combat diving; underwater explosives; and a variety of air operations, including parachuting, fast roping, and rappelling. He made four six-month deployments: two to Afghanistan, and two to the Mediterranean.


Cassidy volunteered for and completed a week-long, 180-mile charity kayak paddle from Norfolk, VA to Washington, D.C. to raise money and awareness for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.


Cassidy was selected by NASA in May 2004. In February 2006, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.


In July 2009, Cassidy completed his first space flight and logged more than 376 hours in space, including 18 hours and 5 minutes of EVA in three spacewalks.

Momenteel vertoeft meneer Cassidy reeds 34 dagen in het Internationaal Ruimtestation.

Ik kan me wel voorstellen dat je je met zo’n CV moeilijk nog bij een ‘normale’ werkgever kan aanbieden. Al was het maar omdat je net nauwelijks kan verzinnen. Niet dat dat waarschijnlijk nog echt hoeft als je zo tussendoor met een Northrop T-38 Talon leerde vliegen.