One thing about kTU and ARC veterans..we've learned to survive on meager diets under the most adverse conditions hot and cold.....sometimes subsisting on things which would make even Rambo aficionados recoil and whimper like little girls.. Aye we are ready for blowback...but are they?
Tourists in Norway fined £800 after shooting polar bear that attacked them in their tent
The leader of the tour group was fined 10,000 kroner for failing to take "safety precautions" against bear attacks
By James Rothwell 3:09PM BST 13 Jul 2015
They were lucky to be alive after a polar bear broke into their tent on a remote Norwegian island and tried to maul them.
But tourists who shot the animal three times with a revolver have now been fined nearly £800 by the local government - because they failed to put a member of their group on “polar bear watch.”
The group, from the Czech Republic, were travelling in the Svalbard archipalego when they were attacked by the bear during the night.
Jakub Moravec, 37, said he awoke to find it “standing over him” in his tent.
“It went straight to my head. Luckily my colleague shot it,” he told local radio NRK shortly after the incident in March.
Zuzanna Hakova, who was part of the same tour group, said her mother then shot the bear three times with a revolver and it fled.
“We woke to shouts of "Bear! Bear!" coming from the second tent," she told NRK.
"We had a rifle on the outside of each tent and we also had a revolver in our tent. The ones being attacked had no chance of getting their weapon, so my mother took her revolver and shot the bear three times."
The bear survived the gunshots and was later put down by local hunters.
The tourists were relieved to escape with only minor injuries - but Svalbard’s local authorities took a dim view of the incident.
They have fined the leader of their party 10,000 kroner as local environment laws insist travelers “take precautions” against the possibility of a bear attack.
“They had not put in place the necessary safeguards. There was only one tripwire that was set too high and the bear went under it. Nor did they have a polar bear watch at the time,” Svalbard's Assistant Governor Jens Olav Sæter told local newspaper Svalbardposten.
The deaths of many polar bears could be avoided if people took greater safety precautions, he added.
It is understood to be the first case of someone beoing fined for a polar bear attack in Norway.
The 10,000 kroner fine is the culmination of a four month investigation into whether the group were guilty of any wrongdoing.
The attack happened as thousands of tourists descended on Svalbard and the Faeroe Islands ahead of a rare total solar eclipse last March.
The group leader, whose identity is unknown, has been informed of the ruling but it is unclear whether it will be enforced, according to Svalbardposten.
Lego, a tandoori lamb chop, a lightsaber, Buzz Lightyear, a Blur record and the remains of Clyde Tombaugh, the scientist who discovered Pluto, are among this list of 100 objects waiting to be found by aliens in space
By Martin Chilton, Culture Editor online 5:25PM BST 14 Jul 2015
"Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."
That was the message from Paul McCartney when, in 2008, Nasa beamed into space the Beatles song Across the Universe via its Deep Space Network.
The Beatles song is travelling across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second to reach North Star, Polaris, which is 431 light years away from Earth.
The desire to explore space is as strong as ever and Lunar Mission One – an ambitious British crowdfunded project to use public donations to fund a moon landing in 2024 – is gathering momentum.
But what will the mission take into space to sum up human life. Space is already full of cultural artifacts and bric-a-brac from space missions over the past six decades. Space objects now include a tandoori lamb chop.