is a current Soyuz
mission to the International Space Station
(ISS) which was launched by a Soyuz FG
rocket at 11:16 UTC on 8 April 2008
. It docked to the Pirs
module of the station on 10 April 2008
Yi So-yeon is flying as a guest of the Russian government through the Korean Astronaut Program
after the Korean government paid the Russian government 25 million US dollars in agreement to support the first Korean astronaut in space. Her role aboard the Soyuz is referred to as a Spaceflight Participant
in English-language Russian Federal Space Agency
documents and press briefings. Ko San was originally scheduled to fly, with Yi as his backup. On 10 March 2008
, it was announced that Ko breached regulations surrounding removal of books from the training centre in Russia
, and therefore would not be allowed to fly.
Richard Garriott is flying as a space tourist through a program run by Space Adventures. He is also referred to as a Spaceflight Participant in English-language RKA and NASA documents.