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A competition in the US is offering a prize that is quite literally out of this world – a chance to climb into a rocket and be blasted high above our planet. It could be you. The offer is being made by the Space Needle, a famous Seattle landmark, to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary and to highlight the Needle’s rich heritage and plans for the future.
The prize will involve a trip to a point 62 miles (100 km) above Earth – an altitude officially known as “astronaut altitude.” The competition organizers explain: “As the vehicle reaches the maximum altitude, the rocket engines will shut down and participants will experience up to five minutes of continuous weightlessness, all the while gazing at the vast blackness of space and the blue horizon of the Earth below.”
To have a chance of bagging the top prize, entrants must first submit their name via an online form by the end of November. A thousand names will then be drawn and a competition stage will begin involving the making of a short video followed by a public vote to choose finalists. A series of challenges will then be set, with the winner being awarded the ticket for the ride in the rocket.
In a press release issued by Space Adventures on Monday, the company said, “It is our mission to open the space frontier to the private sector and there is no better way to energize the general public, especially our youth, about space then to offer a flight opportunity to the masses.”
Originally posted by anon72
Yes, I should have put that: It is for USA residence only. Sorry.
I just made the wife and kids sign up....
The wife wants the telescope-no ride!!!!!
She says that she won't let me go either...
I fight that battle when the time comes/if I win...
I'll have to say I thought this idea would attract more ATS members. hmmm.
Like you said, more chances for you (us)