Sunday, August 4, 2013

First South Korean Woman into Space Enters World of Marriage

 


Yi So-yeon poses with her husband in this photo on her Facebook account.
Yi So-yeon poses with her husband in this photo on her Facebook account.

South Korea's first astronaut Yi So-yeon tied the knot with Korean-American ophthalmologist Jung Jae-hoon in Long Beach, California, on Friday.

Yi (35) became the first of her compatriots sent into space in 2008 when she traveled aboard the Russian spaceship Soyuz to the International Space Station and stayed there for 10 days. Once there, she performed 18 scientific experiments that can only be conducted in a gravity-free environment.

Since her return to Earth, she has focused on inspiring up and coming scientists by giving lectures as a researcher for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.

Yi earned her undergraduate, masters, and doctorate degrees from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and has been taking an MBA at the University of California at Berkeley since last fall.

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