Mar 12, 2008

Yi So-yeon - First Korean Astronaut

The first astronaut from South Korea will be a woman. Yi So-yeon, a 29-year-old bioengineering student will fly on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station on April 8.

Yi was the government's second choice for the coveted seat and got the assignment only after Russian officials accused Ko San, the man first chosen for the flight, of repeatedly violating training rules. The South Korean Government is paying the Russians $20.7 million for the coveted seat.

Yi is a doctoral student in biosystems at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology University. Yi is expected to carry out science experiments at the International Space Station for 10 days. On April 12, Yi will host a traditional Korean "Kimchi dinner" in the International Space Station, in honor of the first Russian in space, Yuri Gagarin. Link


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