Sunday, April 13, 2008

President Lee speaks to Korea's first astronaut | News

President Lee speaks to Korea's first astronaut News:
Date: April 12, 2008

"President Lee Myung-bak (left) and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok (right) cheering for Korea’s first astronaut Yi So-yeon as she blasts off to the space last Tuesday (Apr. 8).President Lee Myung-bak had a live video talk with Korea’s first astronaut in space on Saturday (Apr. 12), commending her for doing a difficult job to enhance national prestige.

'I am so proud of you as you enhanced national prestige, and I will pray for your safe return,' Lee said in the 15-minute talk with Yi So-yeon who is staying at the International Space Station."

1 comment:

Jukka Jouhki said...

President Lee's comment seems to suggest that the main purpose of sending an astronaut to space was to enhance national prestige.

While nationalism surely has always been a significant aspect of space exploration, one hopes there would be other purposes (like science?), perhaps even worthier, that could be mentioned too.