Applications for First Korean in Space Still Open

    July 03, 2006 21:20

    The Ministry of Science and Technology and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute said Monday applications for the chance to become the first Korean in space can be submitted until July 14. They will choose 300 who pass the basic physical fitness test and written exam between late July and late August for a long list. These will then go through three more tests by the end of this year, which will narrow down the field to two. Of the 33,000 people who have already applied, 26,600 are men and 6,400 women.

    Men have to be able to run 3.5 km in 23 minutes and women in 28 minutes to pass the physical fitness test, the ministry said. Applicants will take an English proficiency test developed by Seoul National University, the TEPS, which focuses on listening skills, as well as aptitude tests with questions gauging judgment, mathematical skills and scientific knowledge.

    The two finalists will get training in Russia, and one of them will be selected to go into space aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April 2008.

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