Monday, March 10, 2008
South Korea Replaces First Cosmonaut
South Korean space officials have named 29-year old female Yi So-yeon [vid] as the prime cosmonaut crew member and the first Korean national to go to space after replacing its initial choice, Ko San, at the request of Russian space authorities. [vid]
Ko allegedly violated regulations at a Russian space training center leading to his removal from the now scheduled April 8 space flight aboard the Soyuz TMA-12 booster rocket to the international space station, according to the International Herald Tribune.
Yi So-yeon, who holds a doctoral degree in bio systems engineering, will work aboard the International Space Station for about a week with two Russian cosmonauts, conducting scientific experiments. The mission will make South Korea the world's 35th country and Asia's sixth to send an astronaut into space.