Wednesday, September 05, 2007

South Korea Chose First Astronaut

South Korea had chosen its first astronaut to fly to space. Ko San, a specialist in artificial intelligence who graduated from South Korea's prestigious Seoul National University, was selected to be the country's first astronaut. The search for the candidate garnered lots of interest in the country, attracting more than 36,000 applicants.

Ko is scheduled to fly aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2008 and will spend about a week in the International Space Station conducting experiments.

World's First Spaceport

The winning design for the world's first spaceport was chosen. Judging from the photos the spaceport to be built in New Mexico by Virgin Galactic is simply awesome.

The spaceport will be the home of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two, which is due in 2008.

Spaceport's home page is here, photo gallery here.