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[i]The switch would make Yi So-yeon the second Asian woman to go into space, following Chiaki Mukai of Japan who made two trips into orbit in the 1990s.
"The main reason for the change is based on two consecutive violations of training protocol by Ko," said Lee Sang-mok, the head of the ministry's Space Technology Bureau. According to reports, Ko mistakenly sent a mission training manual home along with his personal belongings last September, but it was sent back immediately.
Last month he gained possesion of a spacecraft pilot's instructions that he was not authorized to read. "Ko was aware of the rules and signed an agreement not to break them on entering the program, Lee said.
"Ko, however, will not be penalized for being made the backup astronaut and no changes will be made to his current status as senior researcher at KARI," the expert said.[/i]
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