South Korea selects first astronaut

South Korea announced Wednesday that a 30-year-old robotics expert will be the country's first person in space when he flies on a Russian Soyuz capsule to the International Space Station early next year. The Ministry of Science and Technology selected Ko San, who works at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, said Vice Science Minister Chung Yoon. Ko, who formerly did research on robots and artificial intelligence at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, beat out Yi Soo-yeon, a 29-year-old woman, following performance and other tests during their training in Russia. Ko will work on the International Space Station for about a week with two Russian cosmonauts in April, conducting scientific experiments.