Tuesday, March 11, 2008

South Korea Will Send Its First Astronaut into Space...

...And guess what? Its a woman! Yi So-Yeon will be just the second Asian female sent into outer space and the first Korean woman to make the journey. Just under a month until liftoff The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Seoul made a last minute switch from Ko San,a 31-year-old technology researcher to Yi So-Yeon, a 29-year-old biotechnology researcher. This was appearently at the request the Russian expert evaluators. Ko was somehow found to be in possesion of instructions meant for a spacecraft pilot that he was unauthorized to read. Although, this was all done "mistakenly" Mr. Ko lost his chance."Ko was aware of the rules and signed an agreement not to break them on entering the program", Lee Sang-mok, (the head of the ministry's Space Technology Bureau) stated.
I guess, one man's loss is another man's (or in this case woman's) gain.

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