Raja Chari is an American test pilot and an astronaut at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His ancestors have their roots in Telangana, India.He was brought up in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States.Raja was inclined towards aeroplanes since childhood. In an interview, while remembering his childhood days, he said, I got it in my head that I really wanted to fly an aircraft… Through high school, my goal was essentially getting in the Air Force Academy. To accomplish that goal of flying. I became more educated about the idea of being a test pilot and that you can do both of those things. I loved being a test pilot. It is everything I thought it would be. I get to live my passions and do what I love doing. Once I became a test pilot that’s the first time it struck me — holy cow — becoming an astronaut is in the realm of the possible. It is actually not something that is just a lofty goal, but something that I can try to achieve. That’s when I started to meet people associated with NASA.”.
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