Breaking Barriers in Space

A conversation with South Korea’s First Astronaut Soyeon Yi

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The Franklin Theater

  • Adults
  • Families
  • Free
  • Members
  • Public

Imagine competing with 36,000 candidates for one position, which also happens to be your dream job, a seat on a flight to the International Space Station.  That’s just what bioengineer Dr. Soyeon Yi achieved, earning herself the prestigious title of First Korean Astronaut.

On April 8, 2008, Soyeon made history when she became South Korea’s first astronaut and the 49th woman to travel to space—at age 29.  Her space flight was celebrated across the country and a crowd of thousands convened in front of Seoul City Hall to mark the occasion.

The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts sits down with Dr. Soyeon Yi to hear her inspiring story of the power of sheer curiosity.  What compelled her to pursue a career in space, one she never thought possible? What was the personal and widespread impact of her weeklong experience at the International Space Station, and what does the future hold for her career in space exploration? 

This Speaker Series event is made possible by: Ascend Greater Philadelphia  |  Bank of America Merrill Lynch Merck & Co., Inc.  |  Susquehanna International Group, LLP

Ticket Prices:

Free with General Museum Admission; advance registration is not required.