all future astronauts
Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut? NASA is hiring the
next generation of `space pioneers' that could one day journey to Mars.
The US space agency has uploaded a new video announcing that it will
be accepting applications for the astronaut class from 14 December ....
but don't get too excited as one of the prerequisites is US citizenship.
NASA currently has just 47 astronauts, down from 149 in 2000, at the
peak of the space shuttle era. To be eligible to apply, you must be a US
citizen with atleast a bachelor's degree in a science, technology,
engineering or mathematics field.
If you meet those requirements, you also have to pass a long-duration
spaceflight physical test, which is similar to a military physical exam
and is bound to be challenging.
Sierra Leone now Ebola-free
After 42 days with no new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone, the West
African country has been marked Ebola-free!
More than 4000 people have died in Sierra Leone in the past 18 months
because of the virus.
Celebration broke out after the World Health Organisation declared
the country Ebola-free. Some people lit candles and others danced with
The capital city, Freetown, was transformed into a giant carnival in
last dinner menu sold
A menu from the last dinner served to first-class passengers aboard
the doomed Titanic before the luxury ocean liner sank in 1912 has
fetched nearly $NZ 184,000 ($120,000 USD) at auction.
The Titanic menu was among a rare collection of items from the sunken
ship that were up for bid at the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sale of
political and Americana memorabilia.
The menu showed that passengers ate corned beef, dumplings, beetroot
and custard pudding as their final meal on the ocean liner that sank on
April 15, 1912.
When food was served on the Titanic, meals often lasted up to five
hours, serving up 13 courses of gourmet ingredients to wealthy diners.
The luxury ocean liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912
after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to
New York. In total 1,503 people died, including passengers and crew.