Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Election today in Korea, Blast off yesterday

It rained last night and it is still raining. It is parliamentary election here today in Korea but it is expected that votes won't flood in the polling places since voters seem not interested to vote. Especially that policy agenda is lacking in the platform of candidates. Although the current conservative party is expected to win most seats, swing votes may affect a great deal the result of this unpredictable election.

I am also closely watching the First Filipina to run in the Korean Assembly if she will make it. I hope she will be given a chance to prove her capability in implementing the policy agenda she outlined in this election.

Another first, is the first Korean female astronaut to blast off to the outer space. Below is an excerpt of the news:

Koreans were jubilant on Tuesday (April 8) as the country’s first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, blasted off from a space center in central Asia and headed toward the International Space Center (ISS).

Russia’s space agency confirmed 10 minutes after the launch of the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome that Yi and two Russian cosmonauts reached their initial orbit of 240 kilometers above Earth.

The successful entry into orbit makes Korea the 36th country to send a person into orbit. Yi, a 29-year-old bio systems engineer and the 49th woman to reach space, is the second Asian woman to make a space flight after a Japanese woman astronaut made two trips in the 1990s.

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