Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Keepers of the flame: Native American communities seeking to protect their cultural legacy

Read more

FOCUS

Tunisians disillusioned, seven years after revolution

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Battle of the Sexes', 'Jupiter’s Moon', 'Reinventing Marvin'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

UN tribunal decides fate of Mladic, 'Butcher of the Balkans'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Celebrations erupt in the streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Zimbabwe's end of an era

Read more

Yi So-Yeon, first South Korean in space

Latest update : 2008-04-08

South Korea's 29-year-old Yi So-yeon became the country's first astronaut to travel into space after her Russian Soyuz spaceship took off from the launch pad once used by pioneer Yuri Gagarin, heading for the International Space Station.

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying South Korea's first astronaut blasted off into space on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
 

The Soyuz TMA-12 spaceship disappeared into a clear sky as planned at 5:16 p.m. (1116 GMT) after lifting off from the world's oldest space launch pad, used by Russia's Yuri Gagarin when he became the first human in space in 1961.
 

Yi So-yeon, a 29-year-old nanotechnology engineer, began her journey to the International Space Station (ISS) alongside Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko.
 

Originally a reserve candidate, Yi was picked for the flight last month after Russia accused Ko San, the primary South Korean crew member, of removing sensitive documents from a training centre. Ko later apologised for his actions.
 

The South Korean government paid Russia about $25 million for the right to send the first Korean into space. Along with
her Russian colleagues, Yi will conduct scientific experiments at the ISS during her 11-day mission.

Date created : 2008-04-08

COMMENT(S)