First Korean astronaut in space

By Phil Plait | April 9, 2008 4:00 pm

Universe Today has an article about Yi So-yeon, the first Korean astronaut and also the youngest woman (29) launched into space. Very cool! I like seeing younger folks getting to space. Someday there will be even younger folks, and then teenagers… and someday too there will be a baby born in space. It’ll be hard to get anyone younger than that.

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Comments (11)

  1. Yoshi_3up

    That’s very cool. Every country should have, at least, a little interest about the universe.

  2. Libwolf

    How about a baby conceived in space?

    Begin docking procedures…

  3. Chip

    BA writes: “… and someday too there will be a baby born in space. It’ll be hard to get anyone younger than that.”

    Maybe if NASA someday develops powerplants that attain relativistic speeds. Someone older when they left might be younger than their twin when they returned. :D

  4. LarrySDonald

    BA writes: “… and someday too there will be a baby born in space. It’ll be hard to get anyone younger than that.”

    To get full credit, they should also be concieved and carried in space. I suppose to one up that, one might go second/third/fourth generation since returning to earth. Why does this thought remind me a lot of Manhattan?

    It’s very cool though. I suppose to some degree it’s a tradeoff between “Most qualified” and “still/yet physically able”.

  5. wright

    Ah, the first human born off the planet. It looks like this generation may see it happen; that would be nice.

    If space tourism gets going, then you can bet there will be at least some conception attempts in low orbit; we’re that kind of species.

  6. csrster

    Childbirth in orbit is gonna be messy.

  7. Porn always seems to be the first industry to exploit new technology, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the first intercourse in space before the first birth.

    No, I’m being serious.

  8. The Ill Tempered Klavier

    I’m told that this has happened with interesting results. Much like with dolphins and whales in water, two males need to help each other to accomplish it.

  9. themadlolscientist

    Waitaminnit. Tereshkova was 26, wasn’t she?

  10. Tony

    Yep, Tereshkova was just 26 and Helen Sharman from UK was 27, so Soyeon is actually 3rd youngest. Not sure how the media got this basic fact so wrong.

    Nevertheless, a great achievement, considering she only stepped in at the last moment

  11. me

    I suspect the first intercourse in space has already happened.

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