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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

samzenpus posted about a month and a half ago | from the take-this-job-and-launch-it dept.

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An anonymous reader writes The entire South Korean space program has been forced to shut down after its only astronaut resigned for personal reasons. Yi So-yeon, 36, became the first Korean in space in 2008 after the engineer was chosen by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to lead the country's $25m space project. Her resignation begs questions of KARI regarding whether she was the right person to lead the program and whether the huge cost of sending her into space was a waste of taxpayer's money.

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begs FFS (5, Informative)

asifyoucare (302582) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667187)

Her resignation does not beg questions; it prompts or raises them. To beg the question is to assume a particular answer in the reasoning used to arrive at that answer.

Re:begs FFS (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667263)

Give up. Language evolves.

Re:begs FFS (5, Insightful)

GonzoPhysicist (1231558) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667309)

It's not evolution it's erosion, we are losing the original meaning and gaining nothing.

Re:begs FFS (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667385)

Meanwhile, many other words and phrases over the centuries have lost the original meaning while "gaining nothing" and yet we're all still here!

Language most certainly evolves with no regard to ones opinion.

Re:begs FFS (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668031)

I could care less ;)

Re:begs FFS (4, Funny)

DoomSprinkles (1933266) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668181)

For all intensive purposes...

Re: begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668467)

I could not care more

Re:begs FFS (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668077)

Meanwhile, many other words and phrases over the centuries have lost the original meaning while "gaining nothing" and yet we're all still here!

Yes, by some miracle we are here... But how many disasters have those language changes caused along the way?

- As you are my main commander, I consult you: should we ignite a World War in the current situation?
- I could care less about that idea!
- Aha, so you care a fair amount. Well, roll out the troops!

Re:begs FFS (3, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667391)

It's not evolution it's erosion, we are losing the original meaning and gaining nothing.

New words with new nuances, and reusing old worlds with new nuances happens all the time too. English is richer by far than it was 2 centuries ago. We may have gained nothing on this particular transaction, but we're far and away net positive.

Re:begs FFS (1)

Type44Q (1233630) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667747)

but we're far and away net positive.

If that were even remotely true, usage of modern collaqialsmisms would be proportional to intelligence (hint: any fool can see that it isn't...).

Re:begs FFS (2)

Type44Q (1233630) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667751)

collaqialsmisms

Colloquialisms?!

Re:begs FFS (1)

BoogieChile (517082) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668097)

No, collaqialsmisms. Do you failed reading or somesuch?

Re:begs FFS (1)

Pax681 (1002592) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668161)

No, collaqialsmisms. Do you failed reading or somesuch?

no you have failed

colloquialism
klkwlz()m/
noun
plural noun: colloquialisms
a word or phrase that is not formal or literary and is used in ordinary or familiar conversation.
"the colloquialisms of the streets"
the use of colloquialisms.
"speech allows for colloquialism and slang"

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668481)

I love it when dumbshit grammar Nazis double down on the derp.

Re:begs FFS (4, Insightful)

njnnja (2833511) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668033)

Being against this particular transaction is not the same as being against the evolution of language. As far as I can tell, the new meaning of the phrase "begs the question" is the same as "raises the question," except with the additional nuance that the speaker/writer wants to sound like a person who is well read enough to have encountered the phrase in its original usage but, in fact, is not and has not. Being against that does not make one a grammar nazi or language Luddite.

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667431)

Stifling language innovation in 3..2..1..

Re:begs FFS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667715)

"When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - no more, no less", said Humpty Dumpty

Shut it, Humpty. You don't get to redefine words as you please to excuse your own dimwittedness.

Re:begs FFS (3, Funny)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667635)

It's not evolution it's erosion, we are losing the original meaning and gaining nothing.

If that were true we're still be speaking Sumerian.

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668145)

It's not evolution it's erosion, we are losing the original meaning and gaining nothing.

If that were true we're still be speaking Sumerian.

I think some of us are..

Re:begs FFS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668165)

You're an idiot.

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667719)

... and nothing of value was lost.

Re:begs FFS (5, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668613)

Sometimes the loss of an awkward construction is a gain for language.

"Begging the question" was never a very good choice of terminology -- a half-baked translation from the Latin petitio principii. You might as well use the Latin because you have to know what the term means to have an chance of decoding its meaning; the words give no clue. "Asking ill-founded questions" or "asking premature questions" would have been better.

"Begging the question" has *always* misled most readers and hearers, and we're better off with the new meaning, which *everybody* understands (although many dislike).

Re:begs FFS (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667433)

In this case language evolves through ignorance. We seek to counter that particular form of "evolution."

Re:begs FFS (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667547)

Give up. Language evolves.

While I have made this same argument here on Slashdot numerous times - particularly when, a few years ago, people took umbrage because "hacker" was supplanting "cracker" - in this case you'd first need some supporting evidence that the phrase "begs the question" is actually changing meaning in popular speech.

As far as I can tell, that is not the case - the submitter simply misused the phrase.

Re:begs FFS (1)

lgw (121541) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667549)

Give up. Language evolves.

Sure. But that doesn't mean it should, at least not in every case. In this case, it shouldn't. Fighting back is appropriate.

Re:begs FFS (5, Insightful)

stoploss (2842505) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667609)

Give up. Language evolves.

Sure. But that doesn't mean it should, at least not in every case. In this case, it shouldn't. Fighting back is appropriate.

I beg to differ, and I will fight your efforts.

"Beg the question" was a poor choice for the English name for the logical fallacy initially, and the entire issue can be sidestepped by using a self-explanatory term like "presumes the argument".

The modern usage form, meaning "prompts the question", is perfectly cromulent and befits the parsing of the phrase.

Give up the dark side.

Re:begs FFS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667737)

I feel embiggened.

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668173)

Give up the dark side.

Ah, so you reveal which side you're on and thus present to us why you believe your argument is correct: not because it is correct, but simply because it supports the position you've taken.

Re:begs FFS (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668301)

Let's assume that English evolves to the point that "begs the question" doesn't automatically label you as logic-deficient. English has evolved, and now it can also mean, "raises the question." Great.

It is still a cliche, not a creative use of English, and labels the user as a person who can't express themselves very well. There's no way around it.

Re:begs FFS (1)

stoploss (2842505) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668511)

The only inevitability is that the term "begs the question" is now and will remain ambiguous.

The point of language is to communicate, and ambiguity is typically noise in the channel. I will leave deliberately injecting ambiguity into communication to the diplomats and artists—I don't refer to the fallacy using the poorly chosen original term anymore, especially when plainer terms communicate the concept more clearly and efficiently.

Re:begs FFS (1)

c6gunner (950153) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668713)

The only inevitability is that the term "begs the question" is now and will remain ambiguous.

Everything is ambiguous if you're ignorant. Why does that matter? Should I stop using words with more than three syllables just because someone might misunderstand them?

The phrase "begs the question" is never ambiguous to an educated individual who actually looks at the context in which it's employed. It's only ambiguous to those who either don't understand it's original meaning, or don't bother paying attention to the discussion.

Re:begs FFS (2)

CODiNE (27417) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668295)

Prescriptivists always lose. Use defines the language.
Sad to say. :-(

Re:begs FFS (1)

sg_oneill (159032) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668459)

Prescriptivists always lose. Use defines the language.
Sad to say. :-(

Not really sad at all. Thats how languages grow. And without language evolution we'd all be grunting and hitting each other with rocks and shit.

Re:begs FFS (1)

crioca (1394491) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667743)

Give up. Language evolves.

Yes it does, and asifyoucare is contributing to that evolution.

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667769)

Give up. Language evolves.

people evolve, too. they evolve to know the meanings of things. or, they just act like they don't care, and become evolutionary dead ends.

Re:begs FFS (1)

seededfury (699094) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668043)

This reminds me of a video I just seen.... word crimes...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667361)

So, as per your own reasoning, it in fact begs the question since the implicit obvious begged answers are "no, she wasn't the right person" and "yes, it was a taxpayer's money waste".

Re:begs FFS (1, Flamebait)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667521)

"Beg the question" is a commonly misused phrase that you probably confused with the uncommonly used phrase "begs questions".

You are apparently objecting to something that did not even exist except in your own mind.

I suppose if I were not a native English speaker, I could not have a conversation with you because you would be constantly correcting me on idioms I supposedly misused, only to find I simply mistranslated something that you otherwise, if not for your thickheadedness, would have understood just fine.

Mr. or Miss "as if you care", we don't care, and we would be better off without you.

Here's why: Every year "the dictionary", read as various dictionary publishers, routinely add new words that are in common use. Why? To document their usage and meaning.

Here's why also: "The dictionary" commonly adds meanings to words because of the different ways they are used. Encyclopedic dictionaries typically give date ranges for when they were introduced as meaning that.

http://dictionary.reference.co... [reference.com]

According to dictionary.com, "prompt" as you used it above could mean any of 14 different things. How am I, as a simple grammar Nazi, supposed to determine which of 14 different meanings you intended? Maybe I can narrow it down to 5 or so by diagramming your sentence.

Here's an idea: go back in time and tell everyone who uses "beg the question" incorrectly to FOAD before their idiocy becomes popular.

If you can't do that, go back in time to the first instance of you reading some idiot complaining about incorrect usage of "beg the question" and tell that person the fight is already lost because people are too stupid to use words correctly.

If you can't do that, stick a sock in it and let us get back to talking about things.

Re:begs FFS (1)

Tazmaster75 (977942) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667563)

And the only questions this situation raises are why did their space program have only one astronaut? Why is an entire nation's space endeavor forced to shut down, because one person resigned?

The anonymous reader's summary raises completely ridiculous issues, such as, "...whether she was the right person to lead the program and whether the huge cost of sending her into space was a waste of taxpayer's money." These are childish accusations which insinuate that the blame should be put on the astronaut, instead of the space program.

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667915)

> blame should be put on the astronaut, instead of the space program.

The one astronaut was also the leader of the space program.

Re:begs FFS (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668401)

The one astronaut was also the leader of the space program.

so what? I mean, if the program consisted of anything else than just begging a ride for one person to ISS from Russia/USA/EU then the leader calling it quits would have not had any affect at all.

but if the program consisted just of training her and her using 25 million dollars for a ticket to the ISS then sure, if she calls it quits then the program is at end - and she already went to the ISS so the program was a smashing success.

doing a rocket of their own would need a fair bit more of cash and an actual space program.

Now, the entire South Korean space program it seems consisted of just paying Russia 20 mil to deliver a bio engineer into ISS and back - and she's been in business school for the past 4 years it seems. ...but, why would you even call that a space program? just to piss on north korea?

FFS stop begging (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668521)

Look asshole, we have already had this argument. You're using "begging a ride" incorrectly. The way you are using it, you would be better off if you stated "raises a ride." God damn it, the bullshit never ends.....

Re:begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668179)

It kind of does assume a particular answer, she's quit and the ENTIRE PROGRAM HAS SHUT DOWN. So yes we know the outcome of the begged question, really.

Re:begs FFS (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668265)

And when people say they are hungry enough to eat a horse, they actually would not eat a horse.

begs FFS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668413)

It begs that the question be asked.

doesn't sound like much of a space program (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667197)

From the very short story it seems like they paid for her to go to space on a Russian rocket. What exactly are they losing here? Can't they just find someone else?

Not her fault (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667199)

Maybe they should have, I don't know, trained a few other people as well?

Not the first Korean in space... (3, Informative)

rHBa (976986) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667425)

First Korean in space?!? [slashdot.org] One of these stories must be wrong then...

Both were correct at the time of posting. (4, Informative)

millisa (151093) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668019)

The old slashdot post about Ko San was correct at the time - Ko San was chosen over Yi So-Yeon to be the first South Korean astronaut and was still going at the time the first article on slashdot was posted. However, Ko San was accused of violating their security protocols and revealing secret information twice while training at the cosmonaut training center. This caused him to lose his spot on the Soyuz and Yi So-Yeon went up instead. Ko San left the astronaut program years ago, leaving Yi So-Yeon as the sole remaining trained astronaut.
Ko San Bio [wikipedia.org] , he is an interesting dude.

Not the entire space program... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667215)

...just the manned part.

Re:Not the entire space program... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667383)

Just the womanned part.

Re:Not the entire space program... (3, Funny)

penguinoid (724646) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668293)

...just the manned part.

Well, the womanned part.

What's wrong with someone resigning after 6 years? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667235)

"Her resignation begs questions of KARI regarding whether she was the right person to lead the program.."

Not at all - 6 years of service, why can't she resign?

Not only that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667313)

But if she hasn't had kids she might not be feeling the 'biological timer' effect and wanting to focus on something beyond her career.
6 years is a long time, especially if you feel what you're currently doing isn't going anywhere.

Not much point in frontrunning a space program in which you're the sole member and there's not even a sole spaceship :)

From TFA: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667335)

Apparently she figured out government pay was crap and decided to go back to school (UC Berkeley) and move into the private sector.

Guess that's the problem with a token space program with a single astronaut: There's not really any room for advancement, or an increased paycheck :)

Re:What's wrong with someone resigning after 6 yea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667997)

"Her resignation begs questions of KARI regarding whether she was the right person to lead the program.."

Not at all - 6 years of service, why can't she resign?

I can't find the quotes, but I recall that 2 years is the typical (forget if average) company loyalty expectation in the USA, while it goes to 5 or 10 in countries like Japan. I even see people get hired only to quit six months later --it is such a waste of time when you're in charge of disabling their accounts that took so long to provision and prepare... must feel the same (or worse) for HR folks

Anyways, in looking for links I found this one - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifetime-employment and also some good points comparing Japan (ok, I know nothing about Korea, but the US is the exception here, rather than the standard)
This one has some nice comparison tables http://maaw.info/ArticleSummaries/ArtSumMartin92.htm

Japan vs US
Loyalty.
J - Loyal to Company. Company first. Individual and family second. Belong, to or married to, a company for a lifetime.
US - Loyal to Self. Individual and family first. Company second. Work for a company to gain experience to obtain a better job elsewhere.

Attitude toward work.
J - Live to work. Self sacrifice. Highly self disciplined. What can I do for the Company? High tolerance for personal discomfort. Decline vacations and sick days. One family service day per week acceptable.
US - Work to live. Self gratification. Little self discipline. What can the company do for me? Low tolerance for personal discomfort. Take all vacation and sick days allowed. Family demands require weekends plus.

Employment.
J - Lifetime. Paternalistic. No layoffs. Promote from within.
US - Revolving door. Workers laid off during economic decline.

Look under Equipment, Union and Loyalty sections. So, again, the issue is that feudalism isn't all that dead. People are loyal. I've seen this myself when compared to people who have lived in the US all their lives. Immigrants come in and stick with one place. Six years isn't excessively long for a career where you won't find an employer at every corner, and basically forces you to migrate elsewhere if you're really just tired of your current boss' implementation of your dream job.

Re:What's wrong with someone resigning after 6 yea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668365)

That last one would seem to nail it in a lot of places.

I happen to work at a company where I'm happy and well treated, but it's clear this is not the norm.

A lot of places will happily get rid of someone if they can bring in someone cheaper to do the same job or eliminate/outsource the job entirely. Employee benefits are shrinking, hours are increasing while salaries are decreasing and overtime is evaporating, not to mention the death of the company pension as a common thing.

Loyalty works both ways. Employers are treating employees as disposable, so employees are doing the same with employers. In other words: "you'll ditch me to save 10k a year, I'll ditch you to make 10k more a year".

Management 101 (4, Insightful)

Kittenman (971447) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667237)

Always have a back-up.

Re:Management 101 (4, Insightful)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667565)

There were tens of thousands of applicants for the position of sole astronaut. I think they should check back with the runner ups and see if they need a job.

And it's not like she was an active astronaut going to space all the time. She went once, then the rest of the time was mostly PR appearances.

To shut down even one department over this seems to indicate that someone was looking to shut it down anyway and was waiting for an excuse.

Re:Management 101 (3, Insightful)

Eythian (552130) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667863)

She was the backup.

Re:Management 101 (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668417)

The IRS lost it

She quit because... (1)

nytes (231372) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667239)

She was afraid of heights!

Re:She quit because... (4, Interesting)

Strider- (39683) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667773)

She was afraid of heights!

I've actually sat around and gotten drunk with a couple of astronauts, both of whom have spacewalked. Apparently you don't get vertigo looking down towards the earth, it's when you look into the void. (Note that the helmets are designed so that as long as you're looking ahead, it's not within your field of view.

So no engineers? Scientists? Designers? (3, Insightful)

Harlequin80 (1671040) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667255)

If the whole project was dependant on the body they send in to space then they had bigger problems and they didn't have a space program at all. What they had was a person they put on a russian space ship and then FTA stuck in front of people to say what it was like.

If that is the case and the program was a program of 1 person then why would she have stayed? No development, nothing interesting, no reason to be there.

So no engineers? Scientists? Designers? (3, Interesting)

AHuxley (892839) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667341)

Lots of nations tried different ways of getting into space. Some like the UK and Australia did deals with the USA.
East Germany looked to the Soviet Union.
Long term the only way for a nation to get into space is to do do India did. Fully understand every aspect of the basic science and have your own hardware and software production, then move onto the next easy stage of space technology.
Other space nations will give you a free ride for the press or sell you tech but will not give away their own hard work.

Re:So no engineers? Scientists? Designers? (1)

lgw (121541) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667589)

The space program evolved from the Cold War, partly as a way to show that your nation has the technology to launch "a payload" into orbit and "land" it anywhere in the world you care to, without involving mushroom clouds in the demonstration.

Building your own program, as India is, is for sure the only way to achieve that Cold War goal (especially if you also grow your own nukes). Rented space ships seem fine for science. For national pride? Probably varies by culture, but I'd think a good ad/propaganda agency could work with anything.

Re:So no engineers? Scientists? Designers? (1)

Bite The Pillow (3087109) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667543)

I totally would have stuck around. If only to be able to talk to the next person into space.

"Did you like zero gravity?"

"Yep"

"Did you do cartwheels through the ship?"

"Yep"

"And grab the oh shit handles on the other side?"

"Yep"

"I rubbed my balls on that"

"Well they washed them down"

"With sterile pads"

"Yep"

"Balls on that too"

"Shut up. I'm getting coffee."

"In the coffee cup on your desk... ?"

Re: So no engineers? Scientists? Designers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668545)

Gross.

Huge cost? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667289)

...whether the huge cost of sending her into space was a waste of taxpayer's money.

There's huge and then there's huge: the $25 million would have been enough for an extra two hours of war in Iraq (assuming a cost of $1 trillion over 10 years).

She's hot (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667293)

With that being said, it's silly to rely on only one person for your ENTIRE SPACE PROGRAM. That's a lot of stress and, no matter how intelligent, one person cannot conceivably perform all the desired tasks/research/whatever else astronauts do.

She's hot for an astronaut. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667417)

Let's not pretend she exactly has much competition among her peers.

"matter of national pride " (3, Informative)

Dorianny (1847922) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667301)

The whole trip was a "matter of national pride " and little more than a PR stunt in response to China's space program. She spent 11 days on the ISS on what amounts to space tourism, the average stay for real astronauts is 2-7 months. After returning to earth her job has been little more than to be paraded around and to give speeches.

Re:"matter of national pride " (4, Interesting)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667371)

Thanks, I was wondering how their "space program" managed to get someone into space for the ridiculously low price of $25M. Makes sense now, a "tourist" seat on a Russian Soyuz to the IIS costs around $20M.

Re:"matter of national pride " (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667413)

interesting to compare Iran's space program to S. Korea...

Re:"matter of national pride " (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667411)

She was apparently in charge of a $25 million budget. Let's hope that money was being spent on more than travel costs for speeches!

Re:"matter of national pride " (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667969)

$20 Million was spent on her return ticket to space .... then millions more on her government mandated PR events

Re:"matter of national pride " (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667575)

"real astronauts" aren't much more than living stunt dummies in any case. So what if a handful of Chinese are risking cancer to play with test tubes in free fall. There isn't a single scientific reason for them to be in that tin can.

Just call it what it is, an international pork/welfare/wealth redistribution program.

Re:"matter of national pride " (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668197)

You build a multirole robot with artificial intelligence that can perform the entire multitude of tasks a human can, and place it in orbit. The proof will be in the pudding:

The robot will need to be capable of going on an EVA to make repairs, AND
be capable of performing all experiments without any add-ons, AND
be capable of interpreting and summarising the results before submitting them, AND
making any observations needed (requirements will change and you won't have any time to write, test, re-write, re-test, and upload the new software), AND
so on.

Put up or shut up.

Like Miss America (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667581)

Very few "figureheads" last 6 years before deciding to try doing something else with their life, like have one.

Women and Power !!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668689)

The whole trip was a "matter of national pride " and little more than a PR stunt in response to China's space program. She spent 11 days on the ISS on what amounts to space tourism, the average stay for real astronauts is 2-7 months. After returning to earth her job has been little more than to be paraded around and to give speeches.

Women and Power... You go gurl !.

And Michele said women are more intelligent than men.

Catton Gue? (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667321)

In 2010, she began a new journey at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business to pursue more down-to-earth endeavors in the private sector.

Loosely translated:

Government jobs in Korea are similar to the ones in the West... they're no place for the gifted.

Re:Catton Gue? (1)

greenwow (3635575) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667427)

That's a terrible argument considering she is not gifted, and they admitted long ago that she was picked only because she is a woman.

reminds me of the old joke (1)

serbanp (139486) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667373)

Q: Why did Albanian airforce not participate in WW2? A: The pilot was sick.

Sounds similar to SK's Space Program issue.

Re:reminds me of the old joke (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667827)

my wife's home country had air force with two airplanes (one MIG-21 fighter and one ground attack L-39 Albatross), one of which didn't work. Just checked and it's even funnier nowadays they both don't work! They had five copters too that worked but the civilian government took them over to fly VIPs around

Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667503)

Who the hell cares about yet another neurotic type-A test pilot going in circles in a tin can?

That's not science, it's a cargo cult.

Re:Good (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667833)

hey, that ISS is a *very expensive tin can*, that can hold a crew and a lot of laptops

Misleading headline (1)

Crayz9000 (2783019) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667539)

The headline is entirely misleading. South Korea's space program is NOT shutting down. Just the manned portion, as with her departure they have no more astronauts on staff.

Single point of failure - poor planning (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667619)

Any program that is important should not be exposed to a single point of failure.

Re:Single point of failure - poor planning (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668223)

Good thing this was just about the national test pilot in a tin can program, not something important.

Personal reasons? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667639)

"...she would be stepping down from her position due to personal reasons,"

Maybe she got pregnant while alone in space. That would make a good TV show premise:

An astronaut struggles to learn how she became pregnant while on a 13-month-long solo space mission.

The show could star Halle Barry and Goran Visnjic, set in the not-too-distant future and ...

Nevermind ... Nobody would buy it. Crappy idea.

Maybe they can send up a dog... (0, Troll)

Type44Q (1233630) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667739)

Maybe they can send up a dog...

...and a bottle of barbecue sauce!

:p

Re:Maybe they can send up a dog... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47667821)

dog with barbeque sauce? yuk

Re:Maybe they can send up a dog... (1)

Type44Q (1233630) | about a month and a half ago | (#47667985)

Gee, I wonder who the culturally-insecure douche was who'd mod down what was arguably one of the funniest things I've come up with on here...? :)

Sounds like a joke (5, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668221)

Sth Koreas space program shut down because the Seoul astronaut resigned

Hey, Sexy Lady! (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668319)

Will someone make a goddamn Gangnam Style joke already?

Fifty-seven comments in and not a single one. I mean, seriously, what do I pay you guys for?

Re:Hey, Sexy Lady! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668605)

So there really is a Boomer.

Sole Astronaut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668407)

It's actually spelled SEOUL.

NASA calls press conference (1)

istartedi (132515) | about a month and a half ago | (#47668429)

I can't help but picture NASA calling a press conference just to say "We're looking pretty good now, aren't we?".

Hello Adeos Just Waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47668721)

It is the pinnacle of Gangnam Style; the pinnacle of failure on a National Level for the entire population to enjoy on a personal in your face level.

Keen observers will blame Japan for colonizing Korea and Manchuria and by doing so decreased the the mental capacity and health of Koreans and Manchurians for a thousand years to come.

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