Spaceship Earth Grants (SEG), presented by Star Harbor Space Training Academy, will award one ticket onboard a privately-owned suborbital spacecraft for every 50,000 applications it receives starting Monday (Sept. 15) through the end of the year. As the number of applicants increase, SEG will raise the rate at which spaceflights are awarded (to as high as one in 25,000).
To apply to send yourself into space, see: www.spaceshipearthgrants.com.
The organization, championed by former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin believes that by opening spaceflight to as many people as possible, it has the potential to positively impact the way we think, and relate to our world.
"Space is thrilling; however, this is not just about creating thrill rides for people," said Melvin, SEG president, a two-time space shuttle astronaut and former NASA associate administrator for education. "There are aspects of spaceflight that can generate shifts in perspective to positively and profoundly influence the way people behave and think about our world." [Now Boarding: Top 10 Private Spaceships]
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