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Knapp's News 10/18/09

Knapp's News 10/18/09

A number of articles have caught George Knapp's attention in the last couple of weeks, including photos of a '727' House, a call for military robots to be banned from space, and a video that takes you to the edge of the universe:

Where Could Humans Survive in our Solar System?
Europa or Mars: Where Could Extraterrestrial Life Be Found First?
Video: Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3D
Campaign asks for international treaty to limit war robots
By 2040 you will be able to upload your brain...
Aliens on display at China’s UFO expo
727 House
Second UFO spotted in Moscow Halo video

Astronaut Needed (Northern Alberta)

(An ad posted on Craigslist, dated 10-12-09, since pulled from their site)

Astronaut needed for experimental flight to Titan. I have been working on this project now for near 40 years and am afraid I'm no longer fit enough to go.

My secret space craft is the result of my professional experience and imagination while serving the U.S. military in advanced aeronautics as a scientist.

The craft harnesses a revolutionary propulsion system and its fuselage is fabricated with the most advanced material. While considerably safe, I am certain you will make it safely to Titan but there will not be enough fuel to get home. This is for someone unique that has always wanted to see the universe first-hand and has perhaps a terminal view on life here at home. Here's your shot at romantic history.

Must be:
-physically fit.
-mentally sound.
-over the age of 18.
-a dreamer.
-a believer.
-not afraid of heights.
-not afraid of extreme conditions such as speed, pressure, heat, etc.
-brave.
-no taller than 5'10 and relatively slim.
-good eye-sight & hearing.
-manual dexterity (although the craft is largely cpu controlled).
-OK in cramped conditions for long periods of time.

Location: Northern Alberta

Compensation: $25,000 CASH.

This is a contract job.

Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

Please, no phone calls about this job!

Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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