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[i]South Korea's first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, will cancel her entire schedule to rest and undergo medical tests, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said Monday.[/i]
[i]Korea's first astronaut Yi So-yeon was undergoing thorough medical examinations at an Air Force hospital due to the shock she suffered during her rough landing.
She was hospitalized at the Aerospace Medical Institution in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, Tuesday morning. Her original schedule, including a meeting with the science minister, was postponed indefinitely.
"We don't think she has any major health problems. But we have to wait for the results to decide on her schedule," said Jung Gyeong-taek, a manager at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Arriving at Incheon International Airport Monday morning, Yi looked exhausted and unwell, though she spoke in clear voice and smiled occasionally. The 29-year-old frowned and groaned when hugged by her enthusiastic mother, complaining that the pain in her back has not subsided.
"It seems that she received a shock to her neck, shoulders and back when she landed," Colonel Jung Gi-young was quoted as saying by the Munhwa Ilbo daily. He has been attending to Yi and Ko San, the backup astronaut, ever since they were selected for the space program. "X-rays showed that there are no broken bones. But we need to do more examinations to see whether she strained her muscles or nerves."[/i]
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