Korean citizens can apply to become the first-ever Korean astronaut. Since the announcement thousands have applied. Should this brisk pace continue until the deadline, the applicants are on the pace to top 200,000.
The number of applicants to become South Korea's first astronaut approached the 10,000 mark in just four days after the country started receiving applications last week.
The figure stood at 9,852 as of 3:10 p.m. on Monday according to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), which takes charge of the project of sending a Korean to space in 2008.
What I see as interesting...and a strong indicator of a changing Korean society is ...Gender.
The project appears to attract interests regardless of gender as the female applicants amount to 1,833-- 17.5 percent of the total.