Apr 9, 2008

Yi So-yeon: Cosmonaut

Korea’s first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, blasted into space today aboard a Soyuz rocket. Just as there are no atheists in a foxhole, it would also appear the same principle holds for the Russian space program.

"I have no religion, but I pray for the success of the flight," said Ko San, the Korean scientist who was Yi's backup for the launch.

Pray to whom, then?

There is still no word if the cosmonauts will attempt any Moonraker experiments in addition to the 19 officially scheduled for the mission. Although it is interesting to note that Yi So-yeon was the back-up candidate for the flight. Korea’s first choice was booted from the program after the Russians accused him of stealing secrets from Star City.

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