Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Ko San the first astrounaut in South Korea

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Ko San, 30, who works at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, has been selected as the Country's first citizen in space. He will fly with two Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station, and spend seven or eight days there, conducting a series of scientific tests in 2008.

Mr Ko was chosen over female engineer Yi Soo-yeon, 29, after the two spent time training in Russia. The candidates, who were chosen from a list of over 36,000 applicants, have been working with Russian cosmonauts since early this year.

"Ko proved to be more comfortable communicating with the Russian cosmonauts and he scored higher on performance and scientific experiment tests," Vice Science Minister Chung Yoon said. [Quoted from BBC]

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