China Recruits Astronauts: Bad-Breathed Need Not Apply

'Super human beings' must meet 100 criteria
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 3, 2009 8:34 AM CDT
Chinese astronauts, left to right, Jing Haipeng, Zhai Zhigang and Liu Boming during a send-off ceremony a launch in northwest China's Gansu province, on Thursday Sept. 25, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – China’s looking for astronauts for its new space program, but getting the job won’t be easy: Applicants must conform to some 100 specs, including a ban on bad breath, the BBC reports. “Bad body odor will affect fellow colleagues in the narrow confines of a space shuttle," says a doctor at a military hospital. "These astronauts could be regarded as super human beings.”

Cavities, scars, and drug allergies are also banned, along with serious illnesses in the last three generations of the family. A spouse’s permission is required, as is a “pleasant and adaptable disposition.” The program is set to start next year.