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South Korean Cosmonauts Start Training

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 8, 2007 1:04 pm
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The two South Koreans, one of whom will fly to the ISS, have begun training near Moscow. 28 year old Yi So-Yeon and 30 year old Ko San, both civilians, were selected out of over 36,000 candidates. Yi So-Yeon said she was very grateful for those who supported female cosmonaut candidates.

Their training will last about 12 months with their flight planned for April 2008. The have to study the Soyuz spacecraft as well as the ISS systems including a training session in the United States for the US systems.

The South Korean Space Agency paid about $28 million for the seat on the Soyuz ferry exchange flight that will last about one week. South Korea will be the 36th nation to send a human into space.

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