Space Flight Participant, South Korea
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
April 27, 1978, the city of Kwangju.
EDUCATION AND RANKS:
She finished Kwangju Science High School. She attended mechanics courses
at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. She got the degrees
of Bachelor and Master of Science at Taejon University.
FAMILY STATUS: Unmarried.
She goes in for tae kwon do, since the age of 12 she was a permanent
member of the Olympic national team.
She attends a post-graduate course in Korea Advanced Institute of Science
and Technology – KAIST; engaged in preparation for defending doctor’s thesis
in the field of biotechnology.
In October 2006 she was selected as one of the 30 semifinalists of
South Korean nation-wide recruitment of cosmonauts for space flight to
the ISS onboard Russian space vehicle in spring 2008.
In November 2006 she was selected as one of the 10 recruited finalists.
On December 2, 2006 as one of the 8 finalists she was sent to RGNII
CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin for medical examination. Also she took part in
flights to experience weightlessness onboard IL-76-MDK plane and in experiments
conducted in neutral buoyancy laboratory.
On December 12 she was named among six cosmonaut candidates.
On December 25, 2006 she was officially announced by one of the two
finalists of the nation-wide recruitment of cosmonaut candidates.
From January 15 through January 24, 2007 she had successfully (with
no remarks) passed preliminary medical examination at the Institute for
Medical and Biological Problems (IMBP) in Moscow as confirmed at the meeting
of the Medical Experts Board (MEB) on January 24, 2007.
On March 1, 2007 she initiated a final stage of medical examinations
at RAS Institute for Medical and Biological Problems. On March 6, 2007
at meeting of the Chief Medical Board (CMB) she was allowed to take part
in special trainings. On March 7 she started general space training (GST)
at RGNII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin.
On September 5, 2007 the Ministry of Science and Technology announced
that she was selected first South Korean backup cosmonaut.
On November 5, 2007 at the meeting of Roscosmos Interdepartmental Commission
for Selecting Cosmonauts and their Enlistment in Crews of Manned Space
Vehicles and stations she was approved as a space flight participant, backup
crew member of the Fourteenth visiting Crew (VC-14).
In March 2008 the Ministry of Science and Technology (South Korea)
by its decision transferred her to prime crew of the Fourteenth Visiting
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